Dr. Christie Launius

Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Student Success in the College of Arts and Sciences

Christie new Leasure Hall 003D
Office hours by appointment

MA, Illinois State University
MA, University of Cincinnati
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dr. Launius' Ph.D. is from the modern studies program within the English department at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and her master's degree is in women's studies from the University of Cincinnati.

In her spare time, Dr. Launius loves to hang out with her family, bake and cook with locally-grown fruits and vegetables, and complete puzzles (jigsaw, crossword, etc.). In her younger years, she was a Lesbian Avenger, but was always a bit too scared to eat fire.

Research interests

Dr. Launius has a longstanding research interest in narratives of upward mobility obtained via education and has published articles and book chapters on this topic. She is also interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning in gender, women, and sexuality studies - she has co-written a book about teaching the introductory WGS course and also co-authored an introductory WGS textbook that is now in its third edition.

Select publications

A Guide to Teaching Introductory Women’s and Gender Studies: Socially Engaged Classrooms (with Dr. Holly Hassel and Dr. Susan Rensing). London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021.

Routledge International Handbook of Working-Class Studies (with Dr. Michele Fazio and Dr. Tim Strangleman). New York: Routledge, 2021.

Threshold Concepts in Women's & Gender Studies: Ways of Seeing, Thinking and Knowing (with Dr. Holly Hassel) 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2018

"Crossing the Threshold in Introductory Women's and Gender Studies Courses: An Assessment of Student Learning." Teaching and Learning Inquiry(TLI). 5.2 (Fall 2017) Co-Authored with Dr. Holly Hassel.


GWSS 105: Introduction to Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

GWSS 510: Research Methods in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

GWSS 610: Capstone Seminar in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

GWSS 784: Internship in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies