I’m an academic adviser and lecturer of German at Iowa State University in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. In my role as adviser and teacher, I work closely with students to help them make them most of their resources on campus while connecting them to opportunities both domestic and abroad.

I was born in the former communist Romania and I spent my childhood moving every few years before settling in the US with my parents at the age of sixteen. I have called Romania, Germany, Canada, and Austria home at some point. As a result, I am fascinated by questions of identity, nationalism, immigration, and how they impact women in particular.

I hold a PhD in German and Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. My research interests include fashion magazines, gender and queer theory, material culture, and women’s writings of the late nineteenth- and early twentieth century.

Outside of campus, I organize a monthly bike ride for families called Ames Kidical Mass and host and produce a radio segment called “Family Talk” for our community radio station KHOI FM.

Find me on Twitter: @simplybike