Marissa Knaak

I am a second-year PhD student focusing on socialist feminism in Western Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. My research interests focus on how socialist and labor movements address questions of gender and how women interact with activism and theory within socialist circles. On a larger scale, I want to see how the theories and actions of earlier women influence more contemporary socialist feminism.

In 2017, I graduated from Simmons College (now Simmons University) with an MA in Gender and Cultural Studies. In 2015 I received an MA in Public History from the University of York in the UK. I have a BA in history and German from Augustana College (now Augustana University).

Prior to starting at MSU, I worked for 2 years at The George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum in Washington, DC.

Year in Program: 2
Fields: Women and Gender & Europe (major); Social Theory (minor); Imperialism & Colonialism (minor)
Advisors: Karrin Hanshew & Aminda Smith
Committee: Sean Forner, Charles Keith
Research Language: German
Educational Background: BA in history & German from Augustana College (2013); MA in Public History from the University of York (2015); MA in Gender & Cultural Studies from Simmons College (2017)