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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 gender, national identity, media, and visual culture.


During the summer, Dr. Looft takes students to Berlin for a Global Seminar titled “Berlin’s History Through Art, Architecture, and Memorials” (co-taught with Dr. Mark Looney).


Follow Dr. Looft’s research, teaching, and advising updates on Twitter: @advising_daily (for examples of use of technology and social media in the classroom, search the course hashtags #GER370_F17 and #ISUBORDERS17).

“Intertextuality as Power: Rosa Mayreder’s Response to Goethe’s Faust and the Cult of Male Genius.” Journal of Austrian Studies. Accepted, forthcoming Fall 2018.


“Unseen Political Spaces: Gender and Nationhood in the Berlin and Paris Fashion Press during the Franco-Prussian War.” Journal of European Periodical Studies. 2, 2. 2017.


“#girlgaze: Photography, Fourth Wave Feminism, and Social Media Advocacy.” ContinuumJournal of Media and Cultural Studies. 31, 6. 2017.


“This is Immigration.” Dear Journal. Feminist Anthology. Issue 3. Winter 2017.


“Safe Spaces of Desire: Advertisements in the Nineteenth-Century Fashion Press of Berlin, Paris, and New York.” The Fashion Studies Journal. 4, 2017.


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.

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.

Courses taught at Iowa State University:


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.


In the Honors college: HON 321: Global Borders and You, co- taught with WLC colleagues Dr. Megan Myers (Spanish) and Jean Pierre Taoutel (French).


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


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Office: 3220 Pearson Hall
Phone: (515) 294-7570
Email: rmlooft@iastate.edu
Website: Advising Home Page