Stef Woods is a full-time university instructor, sexuality educator, writer, former practicing attorney, and breast cancer survivor and advocate. She teaches at American University in Washington, DC.
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 was profiled regarding her curriculum for The 50 Shades Trilogy on MSNBC, electronic health records on HealthIT.gov, and as a breast cancer survivor on WebMD. She has been featured in numerous publications, including NPR.com, Forbes.com, The Daily Beast, Today.com, The Washingtonian, and USA TODAY College. She was profiled in the fourth edition of Dr. Janell Carroll’s textbook, Sexuality Now, and Sibley Hospital’s On Health magazine. Her curriculum for Hunger Games: Class, Politics & Marketing received national media attention in Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Business Insider and Teen Vogue.
In 2015, she lectured on politics, class and marketing in The Hunger Games to a sold-out audience at The Smithsonian. She followed up that program with a second Smithsonian talk on politics and ethics in House of Cards in 2016. Stef is a frequent panelist on nonprofits, branding, activism, health and social media.
Stef received the Dean’s Award for Exceptional Innovation in Teaching in 2016. She serves on the Faculty Senate’s Committee on Information Services. In 2012, she was chosen as a co-winner of the AU Jack Child Teaching with Technology Award.
Stef’s most important role is as a mom to her daughter, Roya.
She received her BA from Wellesley College, her MA 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.