Dr. Morkert coordinates the undergraduate and graduate Women’s and Gender Studies programs. Her areas of expertise include the studies of women, gender and militarization, transnational gender studies, approaches to gender and leadership, and girls leadership strategies.


Among the courses she teaches are Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, Girls’ Leadership Studies, Intersections of Gender, Race and Ethnicity, Nonwestern Literature, Noetic Experience in the Social and Behavioral Studies: Global Citizenship Croatia Travel Course, and Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge. Dr. Morkert is a Fulbright Scholar and taught gender studies in Croatia during the 2015-16 academic year. She also served at Women’s Advocate and Mutual Ground, Inc., Domestic Violence services. Dr. Morkert has been a member of Concordia-Chicago’s faculty since 2005.


Degrees

  • PhD, Women’s and Gender Studies - Clark University; Worcester, MA
  • MA, Liberal Studies - North Central College; Naperville, IL
  • BA, English - Concordia University Chicago; River Forest, IL

Academic and Professional Highlights

Awards:

  • Graduate Student of the Year, North Central College (2001)
  • Fulbright Scholar, University of Zadar Croatia (2015-2016)
  • Editorial Board Member, sic – A Journal of Literature, Culture and Literary Translation, University of Zadar Croatia
  • Balkan Regional Expert Reviewer (2016-2018)
  • Girls Leadership Girl Meets World Professional Development Training Recipient, Simmons College (2016)
  • Rockwood Leadership Institute Training (2017)

Prior Positions:

  • Graduate Assistant, Clark University Women’s Studies and Government Departments, (2001-2003)
  • Women's Advocate, Mutual Ground Domestic Violence Shelter Services (1999-2001)

Publications:

  • Editorial Board, sic – A Journal of Literature, Culture and Literary Translation, University of Zadar Croatia

  • “Gender, Women and War in Contemporary America” in Journal of Lutheran Historical Conference. Lutheran University Press, 2014.

  • “Agency and Militarization in the Heartland: Non-Combatant American Women’s Lives” in Women, War and Violence. Chandler, Robin, Linda Fuller and Lihua Wang, Eds. New York: Palgrave Macmillan Publishers, 2010.

  • “Agency and Militarization in the Heartland: Non-Combatant American Women,” Women, War and Violence, Spring 2009.

  • “Snapshots of Society: A Feminist Analysis of Gendered, Militarized Public Displays in a Midwestern Town,” Banal Militarism, October 2005.

  • Co-Editor, Clark University Women’s Studies Newsletter, Worcester, Mass., Spring 2003.

  • “Interview with Cynthia Enloe,” Clark University Women’s Studies Newsletter, Worcester, Mass., 2003.

  • Contributor, “Interweaving Lives: A Backgrounder for MayaWorks Journeys," MayaWorks, Chicago, 2002.

Presentations:

  •  “Spiritual Mandate to Militarize (or Demilitarize) Gender Roles,” 2011 International Studies Association Conference; Montreal, QC Canada, March 2011.

  • “Culture Shift: Creating a Women’s Studies Program at a Small Midwestern University,” National Women’s Studies Association Conference; Denver, Colo., November 2011.

  • “U.S. Christian Women Waging War and Advocating Peace National,” Women’s Studies Association Conference; Denver, Colo., November 2011.

  • “The Spiritual Mandate to Militarize (or Demilitarize) Gender Roles: An Examination of Lutheran Women’s Responses to War,’ International Studies Association Annual Conference,; New Orleans, La., February 2010.

  • “Women on the Frontlines: A Feminist Analysis of Banal Militarization,” First Annual Joint Gender and Women’s Studies Conference; River Forest, Ill., March 2009.

  • “U.S. Christian Women Waging War and Advocating Peace: The Complex Relationship between Christian Women and Their Militarized Spiritual Beliefs since 1945,” International Studies Association Annual Conference; New York, February 2009.

  • “Militarizing Motherhood and Constructing Femininities: The Militarization of American Mothers Living in One Small Midwestern Town,” Association for Research on Mothering Annual Conference; Toronto, Canada, October 2008.

  • “Mapping a Feminized Militarized Landscape: Exposing the Subtle Militarization in a Small Midwestern Town,” National Women’s Studies Association Conference; Cincinnati, Ohio, June 2008.

  • “Radical Action on a Conservative Campus: Creating a Women’s and Gender Studies Program at a Small Midwestern University,” National Women’s Studies Association Conference; Cincinnati, Ohio, June 2008.

  • “Why Gender Matters: The Creation and Implementation of the Concordia University Chicago Women’s and Gender Studies Minor,” St. Xavier University Women and Gender Studies Symposium; Chicago, January 2008.