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Looft, Ruxandra

WLC Academic Advisor + German Lecturer

Ruxandra Looft is lecturer of German, 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 19th and 20th century women writers, material culture, gender and queer theory, fashion theory, the popular press, and national identity.

During the summer, Dr. Looft takes students to Berlin on an LAS Global Seminar titled “Berlin’s History Through Art, Architecture, and Memorials.”

Dr. Looft also directs our department’s Global Student Ambassador Program.

  • “A Guide to Social Media Literacy for Students.” 3rd National Conference for International Students’ Organizations. Iowa State University. March 2015.
  • The Female Faust in Rosa Mayreder’s Dystopian Drama Anda Renata” GSA, Kansas City, September 2014.
  •  “Constructing Gender and Sexuality One Lithograph at a Time: Visual Culture in Der Bazar, Illustrirte Damen Zeitung.” M/MLA, Chicago, 2010.
  • “The Human in the Humanities: Apter’s Comparative Literature.” Comparative Literature Graduate Student Symposium, Washington University, St.Louis, 2008.
  •  “Fashioning the Female Reader: Fashion, Literature and Advertisements in Der Bazar: Illustrierte Damen-Zeitung.” German Graduate Student Symposium, Washington University, St.Louis, 2008.
  • “Education, Indoctrination, or Just Plain Fun? Deconstructing popular children’s and youth literature.” NeMLA, Buffalo, 2008.
  • “Leaving the familiar behind: Migration and Identity in Lilian Faschinger’s Magdalena Sünderin and Paarweise: Acht Pariser Episoden.” NeMLA, Baltimore, 2007.
  •  “’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, 2005.
  • Culture Corps Grant, International Students and Scholars Office, ISU, 2016-17
  • Award for Early Achievement in Academic Advising, Iowa State University, May 2016.
  • Outstanding New Academic Adviser, NACADA (Global Community for Academic Advising), April 2015.
  • Council on International Programs Grant, Iowa State University, 2015-16
  •  Culture Corps Grant, International Students and Scholars Office, ISU, 2015-16
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis, August 2011
  • DAAD Research Stipend, Ludwig Maximillians University, Munich, Germany, September 2009
  • Dean’s Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis, September 2009
  • Volkswagen Foundation Travel Grant, Volkswagen Foundation, June 2007
  • Piper Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis, August 2006


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