Ann M. Oberhauser


Dept:Sociology And Criminal Justice
Office:217b East Hall
510 Farm House Ln.
Ames IA


Dr. Ann Oberhauser recently joined Iowa State University as Professor of Sociology and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies.  She came to ISU from West Virginia University where she was Professor of Geography in the Department of Geology and Geography.  Her research focuses on gender and development with an emphasis on rural economic strategies and microfinance.  Much of her research takes place in Appalachia and southern Africa.  She co-edited a book with Johnston-Anumonwo, Global Perspectives  on Gender and Space, and has published numerous articles and chapters in major social science journals and books.

Another area of Dr. Oberhauser's research examines the use of social media among college students. This work was conducted with colleagues in psychology and communication studies and analyzes how computer-mediated communication (CMT) impacts students’ attachment to family and friends. 

Her teaching specialties include feminist theory and research, gender and globalization, development studies, and gender and work.  She also participated in a faculty-led program on gender and sustainable development in Tanzania this summer with the global service learning group Amizade.