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Stef Woods

Professorial Lecturer Critical Race, Gender and Culture Studies Collaborative

Additional Positions at AU

  • Professorial Lecturer, American Studies
  • Co-Chair, Faculty Senate Committee on Information Services
  • Online Learning Leadership Council
Stef Woods is a full-time professorial lecturer with the American Studies Program at American University. She specializes in social media, American popular culture, sexuality, nonprofits, and activism.

Stef has been featured in numerous print and online publications, including The Daily Beast,, Fast Company, Associated Press,, Cosmopolitan,, Washingtonian,, and USA TODAY College. She was interviewed for her 50 Shades Trilogy and Hunger Games curricula by MSNBC, WTOP, and FOX 5 DC. Her courses also have been highlighted by The New York Times' Education Life section, Entertainment Weekly magazine, Buzzfeed and Business Insider. Stef was profiled as a breast cancer survivor in Women's Health and On Health magazines, and on WebMD and

In 2015, she lectured on politics, class and marketing in The Hunger Games at The Smithsonian. She followed up that program with 2016 and 2017 talks at the Smithsonian on politics and ethics in House of Cards. Stef is a frequent panelist on nonprofits, branding, activism, health and social media.

Stef received the Dean's Award for Exceptional Innovation in Teaching in 2016. She serves as a co-chair of the Faculty Senate's Committee on Information Services and on the Provost's Online Learning Leadership Council. In 2012, she received the AU Jack Child Teaching with Technology Award.

Prior to teaching, Stef practiced immigration law with a focus on deportation, U-visa and VAWA cases. She writes about motherhood, sexual health and breast cancer on her website, Stef’s most important role is as a mom to her four-year-old daughter, Roya.


BA (Political Science/English): Wellesley College; MALS (International Affairs): Georgetown University; JD: American University

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See Also


  • Fall 2017

    • AMST-330 Contemporary American Culture: Health in the Digital Age
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    • AMST-330 Contemporary American Culture: The Shonda Rhimes Experience
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  • Spring 2018

    • AMST-330 Contemporary American Culture: Politics, TV Series & Ethics
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    • AMST-340 Commun Activism & Regional Std: Sexuality and Social Media
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Area of Expertise:

American Studies, social media, pop culture

Additional Information:

Stef Woods is a full-time instructor with the American Studies Program. She specializes in social media, American popular culture, sexuality, nonprofits, and activism. Stef writes about relationships, sexual health, motherhood and breast cancer on her website, Prior to starting her blog, she practiced law for an immigration legal services organization.

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