Karen Skinner (pronouns she/her/hers) is the Academic Coordinator, Graduate Program Administrator, and Study Abroad Advisor for the American Culture Studies Program. In addition to advising AMCS students and coordinating the undergraduate program, Karen enjoys four year advising where she can assist students find the path that works best for them and be a part of the supportive WashU community.
Originally from Houston, Karen hopped around the east coast to earn an M.A. in American Studies from the College of William and Mary and a B.A. from Skidmore College in American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. Landing in St. Louis, Karen earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies from Saint Louis University and taught courses in Women’s and Gender Studies throughout the St. Louis region. She is most interested in intersections of power, gender, authority, class, and religion, and her academic work centered around Mormon feminism.
When not spreading the gospel of American Culture Studies, Karen can be found enjoying the company of her partners, two cats, and many plants in South City.