MARIAH C. STEMBER

www.mariahstember.com

mariahstember@ku.edu

 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

 

University of Kansas

Ph.D. in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies                                                                            June 2021

Dissertation title:  Liberation on Two Fronts: Women in the Transnational Anti-apartheid Movement

Advisor:  Dr. Hannah Britton

 

M.A. Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies                                                                                   2018

Graduate Certificate in African Studies                                                                                            2018

Kiswahili language training, Kansas African Studies Center                                                       2017-2020

 

University of Washington

M.A. in Policy Studies                                                                                                                         2010

University of Washington Bothell School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

 

Graduate Certificate in International Development Management                                             2010

University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs

 

St. Olaf College                                                                                                                                      2002

B.A. in German, Concentration:  Management

 

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

 

Cloete, E., Bannikov, M., & Stember, M. (2021).  African Women and their Network of Support: Intervening Connections.  New York:  Lexington.

 

Stember, M. (2021). “The Revolution is in the Everyday”:  Women in the Namibian Liberation Movement. In   Cloete, E., Bannikov, M., & Stember, M. (Eds.), African Women and their Network of Support: Intervening Connections. New York:  Lexington.

 

Stember, M. (April 2020).  “Marriage as a Class Marker in Southern Africa,” Review of the book The Decline of     Marriage in Namibia:  Kinship and Social Class in a Rural Community, by J. Pauli. Journal of Southern African Studies.

 

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

 

Crystal, M.  Sarah Lawrence College Women’s History Graduate Program Online Publication: Re/Visionist, Durable Disorder:  The Global Health Effects of War on Women, published April 29, 2019.

            https://slcwhblog.com/2019/04/29/durable-disorder-the-global-health-effects-of-war-on-women/

 AWARDS AND HONORS

 

Summer Research Scholarship.  Office of Graduate Studies, University of Kansas, 2020.

 

Debicki International Travel Award.  Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas, 2020.

 

Baur Student Award for Research and Study of Social Conflict and Conflict Resolution.  Department of Sociology, University of Kansas, 2019.

 

Tradition of Excellence Award.  KU Endowment, University of Kansas, 2019.

 

First Place Award, Advanced Kiswahili.  African Languages Festival, University of Kansas, 2019.

 

Graduate Summer Research Award, Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas, 2019. 

Research Travel Award, Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Kansas, 2019.

 

Research Excellence Award, Dean’s Office, University of Kansas, 2018.

 

Pederson Scholarship for Studies at the University of Oslo International Summer School, Office of Study Abroad and Global Engagement, University of Kansas, 2018.

 

Ege Scholarship. International Summer School, University of Oslo, 2018.

 

Scholarly Presentation Award, Office of Graduate Studies, University of Kansas, 2017. 

 

Women for Women Award, Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, University of Kansas, 2017. 

 

Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory Scholar, Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Kansas, 2017 - 2019.

 

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

 

Fulbright & International Institute of Education U.S. Student Fellowship to Namibia, 2019-2020.

 

Kiswahili Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship.  From the University of Kansas African     Studies Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, 2017-2019.

 

Pre-Dissertation Travel Grant, Office of International Programs, University of Kansas, 2018.

 

Scholarly Presentation Award, Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Kansas, 2017 & 2018.

Kiswahili Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship.  Summer African Language Institute, University of Kansas, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, 2017.

Graduate Teaching Assistantship and full-tuition scholarship, Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Kansas, 2016-2021.

U.S. Ambassador Self-Help Grant, U.S. Embassy in Namibia.  2014.  $15,000.

U.S. Peace Corps Partnership Grant, U.S. Peace Corps.  2014.  $10,000.

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

 

Panel Co-Chair for Intervening Connections: African Women’s Networking Initiatives. Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, to be held virtually, November 19-21, 2020.

 

“The Southern African Liberation Struggle: A Catalyst for Women’s Power and Persistence.” Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, to be held virtually, November 19-21, 2020.

 

“Power, Privilege and Positionality:  Navigating Fieldwork in East Africa.” Invited Presentation for the University of Kansas Humanities Collaborative Field School, The University of Dar es Salaam, July 22 – Aug 2, 2019.

 

“A Gendered Perspective on War:  Namibian Women’s Oral Histories.” Northeastern Workshop on Southern Africa,  Burlington, VT, April 26-28, 2019. 

 

“Liberation on Two Fronts:  Women in the Transnational Anti-Apartheid Movement,” Kansas African Studies Center Graduate Workshop, Lawrence, KS, April 2019.

 

“Durable Disorder:  The Global Health Effects of War on Women,” presented on panel - ColLab: Bridging Health Divides in East Africa.  Society for Applied Anthropology, Portland, OR, March 19-23, 2019.

 

Participant,  Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities:  Direct Animation Workshop with Dr. Kelly Gallagher of Syracuse University. University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, February 24, 2019.

 

“Liberation Heroes:  Namibian Women Who Fought for Independence.” Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, Atlanta, GA,  Nov 28 – Dec 1, 2018.

 

“Namibian Women Freedom Fighters and their Perspectives on Namibian Independence: A Life History Approach.” Digital Frontiers Conference, co-hosted by the University of Texas and the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, Oct 4, 2018.

“Namibian Women’s Roles during Liberation and Gender Relations Today,” Kansas African Studies Center Graduate Workshop, Lawrence, KS, March 2018.

“Veterans of the Liberation Struggle: Women Who Fought for Namibian Independence." KU Professionals for Inclusion and Social Justice Graduate Student Research Conference, Lawrence, KS, Feb 2, 2018.

Participant, Applied Humanities Bootcamp, Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, May 14 – 18, 2018.

 

“Namibian Women’s Stories: Gender-Based Violence in Namibia – Confronting a Legacy of Colonization, Apartheid and Genocide.” Northeastern Workshop on Southern Africa,  Burlington, VT, Oct 5 - 8, 2017. 

 

“Gender-Based Violence in Namibia.”  Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, Chicago, IL, Nov 16-18, 2017.

 

“Namibian Women Freedom Fighters and their Perspectives on Namibian Independence: A Life History Approach.” Mid-America Alliance for African Studies, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, Oct 21 – 22, 2017.

 

“Gender-based Violence in Namibia.” Kansas African Studies Center Graduate Workshop, Lawrence, KS, April 2017.

 

“Gender-Based Violence in Namibia and South Africa." KU Professionals for Inclusion and Social Justice Graduate Student Research Conference, Lawrence, KS, February 2017.

 

“Gender-Based Violence in Namibia: Confronting a Legacy of Colonization, Apartheid and Genocide." Florida Atlantic University Feminist Graduate Student Association’s Symposium, Boca Raton, FL, Oct 20, 2017.

 

“Students Building Pathways to Peace." International Education Association National Conference, Boston, MA, May 2015.

 

“International Education Advocacy.” International Education Association Region I Conference, April 2013.

“Reflections on Peace Corps Namibia,” Association of Washington International Student Affairs Meeting, Bothell, WA, October 12, 2012.

 

INVITED TALKS

 

“Dissertation Funding and Doctoral Fellows.”  University of Kansas Institute for Policy and Social Research, Lawrence, Kansas,  September 11, 2020.

 

“Research Methods in Psychology.”  University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia,  February 16-20, 2020.

 

“University of Washington Bothell PhD Career Panel.” University of Washington Bothell, August 13, 2020.

“Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) Scholars Project Showcase.”  Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, May 9, 2019.

 

Advanced Kiswahili Performance.  University of Kansas Annual African Languages Festival, Lawrence, KS, April 8, 2019.

 

“Maker Spaces: Ideas, Questions, Possibilities” Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, March 28, 2019.

 

“Humanities Collaborative (ColLab):  Bridging East Africa’s Digital Health Divides.” Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, February 22, 2019.   

Intermediate Kiswahili Performance.  University of Kansas Annual African Languages Festival, Lawrence, KS , April 5, 2018.

 

“Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory Scholars Brownbag.” Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, April 17, 2018.

 

“University in the Art Museum for Graduate Students:  Place and Representation.”  Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, February 1, 2018.

 

“Master of Arts in Policy Studies Alumni Career Panel.” University of Washington Bothell, Bothell, WA, 2016.

 

“Serving in the Peace Corps in Namibia.” Universal Leadership Conference, University of Washington Bothell, Bothell, WA, May 4, 2013.

 

TEACHING AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

 

Visiting Assistant Professor                                                                                                     2021-2022

Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Hamilton College        

Graduate Teaching Assistant                                                                                                      2016-2021

Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Kansas        

Member                                                                                                                                         2018-2020

Humanities Collaborative (ColLab): Bridging East Africa’s Digital Health Divides, University of Kansas

 

Doctoral Research Fellow                                                                                                          2018-2019

Institute for Policy and Social Research, University of Kansas 

 

Participant                                                                                                                                  2018-2019

Humanities Collaborative (ColLab): Field School in Mufundi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Research Assistant, Trafficking/Terrorism Nexus in Eurasia                                           2017

Department of Political Science, University of Kansas      

United States Peace Corps Teacher                                                                                       2012-2014

G.K. Wahl Combined School, Kalkfeld, Namibia

 

Graduate Teaching Assistant                                                                                                 2009, 2012

Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Bothell

 

 

SERVICE TO PROFESSION

University of Kansas

Member.  Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Association of Graduate Students. 2016-present.

Member. Graduate Teaching Assistants Coalition. 2020-present.

Graduate Student Executive Committee Member.  Kansas African Studies Center, 2018-2019.

Facilitator.  Sexual Violence Prevention Workshops,  2017-2018.

Miscellaneous:  Civil Society

"Advocacy Day" Representative.  International Education Association.  Washington, D.C., 2015, 2018.

Commissioner. Seattle Human Rights Commission, Seattle, Washington, 2012.

Board Member.  The One Equal Heart Foundation, Seattle, Washington, 2010-2012.

Graduate Fellow.  University of Washington Human Rights Center, Seattle, Washington, 2010-2012.

Chair.  Association of Washington International Student Affairs, 2007 – 2008.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

International Admissions Advisor, Recruiter                                                         2010-2012, 2014-2016 

University of Washington, Bothell, Washington.

 

Community Development Coordinator and Teacher                                                             2012-2014   

United States Peace Corps,  Kalkfeld, Namibia.

 

Global Education and Engagement Coordinator                                                                   2009-2010

Global Washington, Seattle, Washington.

International Student Advisor                                                                                               2006 – 2009

Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Kirkland, Washington.

 

Study Abroad Advisor / Outreach Coordinator                                                                     2004-2005

Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana.

 

International Marketing Trainee                                                                                             2003-2004

Henkel Corporation, Düsseldorf, Germany.

 

Fulbright Grantee/ Teacher                                                                                                       2002-2003

Berufskolleg an der Lindenstrasse, Cologne, Germany.

 

LANGUAGES    

 

German                        fluent in reading, speaking, and writing.

Afrikaans                      basic conversational skills, can read and write with a dictionary.

Swahili                         basic conversational skills, can read and write with a dictionary.