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Stef Woods

Instructor Department of History

Additional Positions at AU

  • Instructor, American Studies
Stef Woods is a full-time instructor 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,, 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

In 2015, she lectured on politics, class and marketing in The Hunger Games to a sold-out audience at The Smithsonian. She followed up that program with a second Smithsonian talk on politics and ethics in House of Cards in 2016. Stef is a frequent panelist on nonprofits, branding, activism, health and social media.

Stef serves on the AU Social Media Club Faculty Advisory Board and Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Task Force. In 2012, she was chosen as a co-winner of the AU Jack Child Teaching with Technology Award. She writes about motherhood, sexual health and breast cancer on her website, Stef’s most important role is as a mom to her two-year-old daughter, Roya.


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

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See Also


  • Spring 2016

    • AMST-330 Contemporary American Culture: Politics, TV Series & Ethics
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    • AMST-340 Commun Activism & Regional Std: Activism and Social Media
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  • Fall 2016

    • AMST-330 Contemporary American Culture: Health in the Digital Age
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    • AMST-330 Contemporary American Culture: Hunger Games
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