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Looft, Ruxandra

WLC Academic Advisor + German Lecturer


Ruxandra Looft is lecturer of German and International Studies, faculty affiliate in Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Advising Coordinator for World Languages and Cultures.


Dr. Looft received her Ph.D. in German and Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis in 2012. Her research focuses on material and visual culture, fashion, media, nationalism, and gender and queer studies. Dr. Looft is originally from Romania and has also published and presented on her immigration experience for both academic and non-academic audiences.


In her advising practice, Dr. Looft is committed to bridging her research and lived experience to foster an environment of care, compassion, equity, social justice, and inclusion.


During the summer, Dr. Looft takes students to Berlin for a Global Seminar titled “Berlin’s History Through Art, Architecture, and Memorials.” Dr. Looft’s more recent work focuses on diversity in global programs and is informed by her practice as a study abroad program director as well as an academic adviser. She aims to better understand through quantitative and qualitative research how global programs (study abroad, fellowships, internships, and scholarships) serve and recruit diverse and underrepresented student populations.


Dr. Looft founded the department’s Global Student Ambassador Program, which has been a resource to World Languages and Cultures students since 2014. In 2015, she received the Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA) Outstanding New Academic Adviser award. In 2016, she received the Iowa State University award for Early Achievement in Academic Advising.


Follow Dr. Looft’s research and advising updates on Twitter: @advising_daily

On Gender, Material Culture, and Media:

“#girlgaze: Photography, Fourth Wave Feminism, and Social Media Advocacy.” Continuum, Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. Accepted.


“Safe Spaces of Desire: Advertisements in the Nineteenth-Century Fashion Press of Berlin, Paris, and New York.” The Fashion Studies Journal. Accepted.


“Having Your Cake and Gendering It Too.” Bitch Magazine. Issue 56.  Fall 2012.


On Immigration:

“This is [Immigration]” Dear Journal. Feminist Anthology. Issue 3. Summer 2017. Forthcoming.


“Activism, Immigration, and More: An Interview with Sandra Looft of Iowa State University.” Un/Settled. 14 February 2017. Available at:


On Pedagogy:

“How Do Trigger Warnings Fit Into the Classroom Lesson Plan?” Shakesville. 12 February 2013. Available at:
(major citations: Signs, Teaching Ethics, Slate, Chronicle Vitae).


Carpenter, S. K., Sachs, R. E., Martin, B., Schmidt, K., & Looft, R. “Learning new vocabulary in German: The effects of inferring word meanings, type of feedback, and time of test”. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 19. 2012.


“Karen Cushman: Alyce und keine andere.” Warum Nicht Einmal Mittelalter? Lektüreempfehlungen für Lehrer und Schüler. Ed. Maria Dorninger. Vienna: Präsens Verlag. 2004.


“Karen Cushman: Catherine, Lady Wider Willen.” Warum Nicht Einmal Mittelalter? Lektüreempfehlungen für Lehrer und Schüler. Ed. Maria Dorninger. Vienna: Präsens Verlag. 2004.


“Jürgen Gadow. Berg des Unheils.” Warum Nicht Einmal Mittelalter? Lektüreempfehlungen für Lehrer und Schüler. Ed. Maria Dorninger. Vienna: Präsens Verlag. 2004.

On Diversity in Global Programs:

2017    “A Study of ‘Us’ by Looking at ‘Them.’ Iowa, Berlin, and Social Justice Through Study Abroad.” 2017 International Tübingen Symposium on Ethics: The Value of [Not] Being Diverse – An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Social Cohesion, Diversity, Moral Pluralism and their Limits”. July 24-26. Paper accepted.


2016    “Professional Student? Global Student! Languages & Cultures for Professions (LCP) at ISU.” IWLA. Oct. 6-8. Co-presented with Chad Gasta, Carly Johansen, Mark Looney.


2015    “What the Future Holds for World Language Instruction:  Languages and Cultures for Professions (LCP) at ISU.” IWLA. Oct. 9-10. Co-presented with Chad Gasta and Mark Looney.


On Immigration and Nationalism: 

2017    “Immigration Narratives of Iowa State Students and Faculty” Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE). March 3.


2016    “Am I a Refugee?” Honors Salon Lecture, Iowa State University Honors Program.


2015    “Growing Up in Communist Romania.” Iowa State University’s Women’s Club.


2007    “Leaving the familiar behind: Migration and Identity in Lilian Faschinger’s Magdalena Sünderin and Paarweise: Acht Pariser Episoden.” NeMLA. March 1-4.


2005    “’Du bist nichts, deine Nations ist alles,’ A Feminist Look at Youth Literature Written by Exile Authors during Nazi Germany.” German Graduate Student Conference, University of Cincinnati.


On Gender, Material Culture, and Media:

2017    “A Faustian Feminism: Rosa Mayreder’s New Woman in 1930s Austria.” Austrian Studies Association. March 16-19.


2017    “Social Media Literacy and Professionalization.” Anthropology Seminar Panel.


2015    “A Guide to Social Media Literacy for Students.” National Conference for International Students’ Organizations. Iowa State University.


2014    “The Female Faust in Rosa Mayreder’s Dystopian Drama Anda Renata.” German Studies Association. Sep. 18-21.


2010    “Constructing Gender and Sexuality One Lithograph at a Time: Visual Culture in Der Bazar, Illustrirte Damen Zeitung.” Midwest MLA. Nov. 4-7.


2008    “Fashioning the Female Reader in Der Bazar Illustrirte Damen-Zeitung.” Masculinities, Femininities and More, An Interdisciplinary Conference on Gender in the Humanities, University of West Georgia. Nov. 6-8.


2008    “Fashioning the Female Reader: Fashion, Literature and Advertisements in Der Bazar: Illustrirte Damen-Zeitung.” German Graduate Student Symposium, Washington University in St. Louis. Co-presented with Victoria Rust and Norma Suvak.

Dr. Looft teaches across a variety of disciplines and research areas. At Iowa State University, she has taught German 101, 102, 302 (Composition), 320 (Germany Today), and 370G/ W S 370G German Women in Male Professions, cross-listed with Women’s and Gender Studies.


She is also co-teaching an Honors seminar Fall 2017 (HON 321: Global Borders and You) with WLC colleagues Dr. Megan Myers (Spanish) and Jean Pierre Taoutel (French).


In the summers, Dr. Looft co-teachers INT ST 395: Berlin’s History Through Art, Architecture, and Memorials with WLC colleague Dr. Mark Looney.

I read and enjoy a number of sites and blogs related to academic advising, higher ed, and queer & feminist studies and material culture (mostly fashion). I also love cycling and am part of a community dedicated to making Ames more pedestrian and bike-friendly. Here are some voices on these topics:

Biking in Ames & Iowa

Ames Bicycle Coalition

Ames Kidical Mass

Ames Velo

Bike Iowa

Momentum Magazine (International)


Academic Advising and Higher Ed

NACADA (Global Community for Academic Advising)

The Mentor. An Academic Advising Journal (Penn State)

#AcAdv thread & weekly chat on Twitter

Tressie McMillan Cottom on Twitter

#ScholarSunday hashtag on Twitter

#AltAc hashtag on Twitter

Dr. Academic Batgirl on Twitter


Feminist and Queer Media

Bitch Media


Lumen Magazine

The Fem Lit Magazine

Buffering the Vampire Slayer

Rookie Magazine

Signs Journal


Fashion and Material Culture

The Fashion Studies Journal

Sir Magazine (Iowa State University)

Fashion Theory Reading List (Victoria and Albert Museum)



Office: 3220 Pearson Hall
Phone: (515) 294-7570
Website: Advising Home Page

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