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Ann M Oberhauser

Ann M Oberhauser

  • Professor of Sociology
My research is located within the fields of feminist economic geography, gender and globalization, and critical development studies. Much of my work focuses on rural economic strategies in Appalachia, sub-Saharan Africa, and, more recently, Iowa and the Midwest. This scholarship draws from feminist research and fieldwork that engages with livelihoods and community-based development in the Global South and Global North.

Recent projects include work on shifting political culture in Iowa and specifically how populism and nativism are evident in pivotal elections in the U.S. See publications in The Sociological Quarterly and Fast Capitalism.

I have also collaborated with colleagues in feminist geography on mentoring and the impacts of neoliberalization in academia. We recently surveyed members of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) about the climate in academia for women and underrepresented groups.

Finally, I am interested in critical pedagogy and specifically experiential learning or Global Service Learning (GSL) in Tanzania where I led a program with Amizade.

My publications include numerous articles, chapters, and three books, Bridging Worlds – Building Feminist Geographies (2022), Feminist Spaces: Gender and Geography in a Global Context (2017) and Global Perspectives on Gender and Space (2014).

Contact Info

217B East Hall
510 Farm House Lane