Mariah Crystal is a Ph.D. student at the University of Kansas (KU) in the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is also currently a KU Institute for Policy and Social Research Doctoral Research Fellow. She studies women’s roles during war and conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa and how gender was strategically deployed as a tactic of war.
Recent scholarly presentations include “Namibian Women’s Stories: Gender-Based Violence in Namibia” presented at the Northeastern Workshop on Southern Africa, “Gender-Based Violence in Namibia,” presented at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting and, “Namibian Women Freedom Fighters and their Perspectives on Namibian Independence” at the Mid-America Alliance for African Studies.
She has a B.A. in German and Management from St. Olaf College, and an M.A. in Public Policy and International Development Management from the University of Washington. Mariah has a background in international education, and has taught in Germany, Namibia and the US. She had a Fulbright grant in Germany in 2002, studied health, human rights and social transformation in Kenya in 2010 and served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Namibia from 2012 – 2014.
Fall 2018: Mariah is teaching WGSS 333 "Politics of Physical Appearance" in the classroom and also teaching a section of WGSS 333 online.