Stef Woods is a full-time professorial lecturer, public speaker, sexuality educator, writer, former practicing attorney, and breast cancer survivor and advocate.
In December 2008, Stef began writing about relationships, sex and dating on her website, City Girl’s Blog™. She wrote under the pseudonym, “City Girl,” in the hopes of protecting her career as an attorney.
In 2010, at the age of 37, Stef was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has openly shared her experience with others via photographs, interviews, runway shows, panel discussions and her blog to encourage early detection and raise awareness. In 2011, Stef began using her real name in the blogging world to facilitate her advocacy work.
Stef Woods is Faculty Director of AUx1 and teaches with the American Studies Program at American University. She specializes in social media, American popular culture, sexuality, nonprofits, and activism. Stef has been featured in numerous print and online publications, including The Daily Beast, NPR.com, Fast Company, Associated Press, Today.com, Cosmopolitan, Forbes.com, Washingtonian, TeenVogue.com, and USA TODAY College. She was interviewed for her 50 Shades Trilogy and Hunger Games curricula by MSNBC, WTOP, and FOX 5 DC. Her courses also have been highlighted by The New York Times’ Education Life section, Entertainment Weekly magazine, Buzzfeed and Business Insider. Stef was profiled as a breast cancer survivor in Women’s Health and On Health magazines, and on WebMD and HealthIT.gov. Stef is a regular speaker on American popular culture at The Smithsonian and a frequent panelist on nonprofits, branding, activism, health and social media.
At American University, Stef received the Dean’s Award for Exceptional Innovation in Teaching in 2016. She serves on the Provost’s Online Learning Leadership Council and as vice-chair of the Faculty Senate Committee on Information Services. In 2012, she received the AU Jack Child Teaching with Technology Award. Prior to teaching, Stef practiced immigration law with a focus on deportation, U-visa and VAWA cases. An early adopter of social media, she started her website, CityGirlBlogs.com, in 2008. Stef’s most important role is as a mom to her five-year-old daughter, Roya.
She received her BA from Wellesley College, her MALS from Georgetown University, and her JD from American University. Stef is a supporting member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT) and a member of the Maryland State Bar Association.