FACULTY

Michelle Morkert, PhD

Associate Professor of English

Coordinator, Women’s and Gender Studies Program


College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Morkert teaches literature, as well as women’s and gender studies courses at Concordia University Chicago. She serves as the coordinator of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Her areas of expertise include the studies of women, gender and militarization, critical whiteness and post-colonialism. In addition she thoroughly studies women’s and gender studies, as well as the development of women’s and gender studies programs at faith-based institutions. Among the courses she teaches include Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, Principles of Women's and Gender Studies, Topics in Women's and Gender Studies, Diversity in American Society, Arts and Ideas, Nonwestern Literature and English Composition.    

Dr. Morkert is the Graduate Capstone Project Advisor (MALS Program). She previously served at Clark University as a teaching assistant in the Women’s Studies and Government Department. She also served at Women’s Advocate and Mutual Ground, Inc., Domestic Violence services. Dr. Morkert has been a member of Concordia’s faculty since 2005.   

Degrees

  • PhD, women’s and gender studies, Clark University; Worcester, Mass.
  • MA, liberal studies, North Central College; Naperville, Ill.
  • BA, English, Concordia University Chicago; River Forest, Ill.

Academic and Professional Highlights

Publications:

  • “Agency and Militarization in the Heartland: Non-Combatant American Women’s Lives” in Women, War and Violence. Chandler, Robin, Linda Fuller and Lihua Wang, Eds. New York: Palgrave Macmillan Publishers, 2010.
  • “Agency and Militarization in the Heartland: Non-Combatant American Women,” Women, War and Violence, Spring 2009.
  • “Snapshots of Society: A Feminist Analysis of Gendered, Militarized Public Displays in a Midwestern Town,” Banal Militarism, October 2005.
  • Co-Editor, Clark University Women’s Studies Newsletter, Worcester, Mass., Spring 2003.
  • “Interview with Cynthia Enloe,” Clark University Women’s Studies Newsletter, Worcester, Mass., 2003.
  • Contributor, “Interweaving Lives: A Backgrounder for MayaWorks Journeys," MayaWorks, Chicago, 2002.

Presentations:

  •  “Spiritual Mandate to Militarize (or Demilitarize) Gender Roles,” 2011 International Studies Association Conference; Montreal, QC Canada, March 2011.
  • “Culture Shift: Creating a Women’s Studies Program at a Small Midwestern University,” National Women’s Studies Association Conference; Denver, Colo., November 2011.
  • “U.S. Christian Women Waging War and Advocating Peace National,” Women’s Studies Association Conference; Denver, Colo., November 2011.
  • “The Spiritual Mandate to Militarize (or Demilitarize) Gender Roles: An Examination of Lutheran Women’s Responses to War,’ International Studies Association Annual Conference,; New Orleans, La., February 2010.
  • “Women on the Frontlines: A Feminist Analysis of Banal Militarization,” First Annual Joint Gender and Women’s Studies Conference; River Forest, Ill., March 2009.
  • “U.S. Christian Women Waging War and Advocating Peace: The Complex Relationship between Christian Women and Their Militarized Spiritual Beliefs since 1945,” International Studies Association Annual Conference; New York, February 2009.
  • “Militarizing Motherhood and Constructing Femininities: The Militarization of American Mothers Living in One Small Midwestern Town,” Association for Research on Mothering Annual Conference; Toronto, Canada, October 2008.
  • “Mapping a Feminized Militarized Landscape: Exposing the Subtle Militarization in a Small Midwestern Town,” National Women’s Studies Association Conference; Cincinnati, Ohio, June 2008.
  • “Radical Action on a Conservative Campus: Creating a Women’s and Gender Studies Program at a Small Midwestern University,” National Women’s Studies Association Conference; Cincinnati, Ohio, June 2008.
  • “Why Gender Matters: The Creation and Implementation of the Concordia University Chicago Women’s and Gender Studies Minor,” St. Xavier University Women and Gender Studies Symposium; Chicago, January 2008.
  • “Women, Militarization and Religion: A Field Report about the Militarization of Civilian American Women’s Lives (2003-2006),” Annual Northeast Political Science Association Conference; Philadelphia, Penn., November 2007.
  • “Transforming Pedagogy: Using a Teach In to Ignite Student Social Action,” ACCA Symposium; Lewis University, Romeoville, Ill., October 2007.
  • “What Can Women’s Studies Scholars Learn from MayaWorks Weavers?” National Women’s Studies Association Conference; Chicago, June 2007.
  • “From Soccer Moms to Security Moms: The Militarization of American Women’s Lives,” National Women’s Studies Association Conference; Chicago, June 2007.
  • “What Can International Relations Scholars Learn from Feminists?” International Studies Association Conference; Chicago, February 2007.
  • “Women on the Frontlines: A Feminist Analysis of Militarization,” Global Radicalisms: Beyond Left and Right Conference, Michigan State University; East Lansing, Mich., January 2006.
  • “A Feminist Analysis of the Militarization of American Women’s Lives: A Small Town Case Study,” National Women’s Studies Association Conference; Oakland, Calif., June 2006.
  • “Campaigning and Cooking: A Feminist Analysis of the Militarization of Women’s Lives,” Rethinking Gender, Clark University; Worcester, Mass., September 2005.
  • “Daily Activism: Practicing Anti-Militarist Feminism,” New England Women’s Studies Conference, University of Massachusetts; Dartmouth, Mass., March 2005.
  • “Securing the Heartland: The Militarization of Mothers in One American Town,” Popular Culture and American Culture Association Annual Conference; Albuquerque, N.M., February 2005.
  • “What Can We Learn From Women’s Studies?” Women and Gender Studies Colloquium; North Central College; Naperville, Ill., November 2004.
  • “What Do Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson Have to Do with Parenthood? The Militarization of Motherhood,” Mothering and Feminism Conference, Association for Research on Mothering, York University; Toronto, Canada, October 2004.
  • Panel Chair: “The Mother-Daughter Relationship,” Mothering and Feminism Conference, York University; Toronto, Canada, October 2004.
  • “What Does a Child Abuse Prevention Practitioner Need to Know About Militarization?” International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect; August 2004.
  • “Women, Rape and Refugees: A Comparative Analysis of Gender Mainstreaming in Humanitarian Assistance,” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, La., June 2003.
  • “A Theoretical Exploration of Identity in Cross-cultural Women’s Organizing Color, Hair and Bone–The Persistence of Race into the 21st Century,” Bucknell University; September 2002.

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