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