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Women and gender studies

Katy Strzepek

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Director of Women and Gender Studies

Women and Gender Studies

Main Campus
Ambrose Hall, Room 224
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803


Ms. Strzepek teaches Women's Studies, Girls' Studies, African History, and other seminars.  Her current research focuses on activist adolescent girls in the United States.  Her work focuses on the intersections of feminist pedagogy and social praxis.  Ms. Strzepek is a proud community organizer, who advises several student groups and local organizations that focus on human rights.

Education and Training

MA. Northwestern University

Courses Taught

Cross-Cultural Introduction to Women's Studies
Modern Africa/Women in Africa
Women's Studies Seminar
Women's Studies Practicum


Areas of Professional Interest

  • Transnational Feminist Activism
  • Girls' Studies
  • Women's Rights in Kenya
  • Youth Activism


Recent Publications

Strzepek, Katy A., Jacobson, Beatrice, and Van Blair, Katherine. (2011). The Long Table of Feminism: Bringing Transnational Feminist Debates to a Small School in Iowa.

In M. Sierra & C. Roman Odio (eds.), Transnational Borderlands: The Making of Cultural Resistance in Women's Global Networds (pp. 221-240). New York, NY: Palgrave McMillan.


Professional Affiliations

National Women's Studies Association, Member, Girls' Studies Interest Group, Feminist Mothering Caucus, 2007-Present.
African Studies Association, Member, 2011-2012.
Amnesty International, Member, 1991-Present.
Triota, National Women's Studies Honor Society, Faculty Advisor, 2008-Present.
Students Making a Difference, Faculty Advisor, 2008-Present.
Girl Scouts of America, Assistant Troop Leader, 2010-Present.
PTA Volunteer, Eisenhower Elementary School, Davenport, Iowa, 2006-Present.
World Relief Volunteer, Moline, IL  2005-Present.