Assistant Professor/Director, Women's and Gender Studies
“My coach said I ran like a girl, and I said if he ran a little faster, he could, too.” – Mia Hamm
Dr. Seethaler received her M.A. in American Literature and Culture from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany and her Ph.D. in English with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from Saint Louis University. For her dissertation, she analyzed how immigrant women in the U.S. adapt life writing texts to offer a platform for communities whose voices are often silenced, such as undocumented migrants in the U.S. and poor birthmothers in South Korea.
Her research interests connect gender, migration, and literature. She has published, among other topics, on a fake mail-order bride website, on transnational adoption, and feminist service-learning.
Dr. Seethaler teaches introductory courses to the field of Women’s and Gender Studies and advanced classes on feminist activism and popular culture.
At one point in her life, Dr. Seethaler studied 7 languages (German, English, French, Latin, Italian, Russian, and Japanese). Unfortunately, she now is only fluent in the first three, can only read Latin, and has forgotten most of her Italian and Russian. But she hopes, one day, to go back to taking Japanese classes. She also loves dogs, yoga, and the outdoors.