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Ann Oberhauser, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology at Iowa State University

Dr. Ann Oberhauser is director of Women’s and Gender Studies and professor of sociology at Iowa State University.  Her research focuses on feminist economic geography, gender and globalization, and critical development studies with an emphasis on rural economic strategies in Appalachia, sub-Saharan Africa, and more recently Iowa.  She holds a PhD in Geography from Clark University and, before moving to Ames, Iowa, was professor in the Department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia University. Her co-authored book, Feminist Spaces: Gender and Geography in a Global Context, was recently published by Routledge in 2017. She also co-edited a book with Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo, Global Perspectives on Gender and Space, in 2014.

Dr. Oberhauser's recent publications include: 

  • Hanrahan, K., & Oberhauser, A. M. (in press) “Redefining our identity, recognizing our challenges: GPOW becomes the Feminist Geographies Specialty Group.” The Professional Geographer.
  • Loomis, J. M. & Oberhauser, A. M. (2020) Feminist engagement with the economy: Spaces of resistance and transformation. In A. Datta, P. Hopkins, L. Johnston, E. Olson and J. M. Silva (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Gender and Feminist Geographies (pp. 118-128). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Oberhauser, A. M., & Caretta, M. A. (2019). A space for feminist mentoring: The role of Geographic Perspectives on Women (GPOW) Specialty Group in higher education. Gender, Place and Culture, 26.
  • Oberhauser, A. M. (2019). Transformation from Within: Practicing Global Education through Critical Feminist Pedagogy. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 18(3), 751-67.