Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
University of Wisconsin
Website URL
US women's history, white supremacy, racism, whiteness, Indigenous women's history, missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG), Wisconsin women, libraries, library history, book reviews, BIWOC writers, women writers.
Additional Contact Information
Find me on Twitter and Instagram @karlajstrand.

Personal Info

About Me

As a historian, my work is focused on the roles white women play(ed) in the ongoing attempted genocide of Indigenous peoples across the country and the intergenerational transfer of white supremacy that sanction(ed) their participation. Specifically, I’m examining white women’s roles in land occupation and forced removals, child removals (to boarding schools and the foster care system), as well as forced sterilization and the “reform” of Indian women. I am investigating their prioritization of race over gender and how they use maternalism and other tools of white supremacy to further their own interests. Last, I am interested in the transmittal of white supremacy across generations of women throughout history and into contemporary society.

By day, I’m the Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian (GWSL) for the University of Wisconsin. Created in 1977, the Office of the GWSL is one of the premier resources for support of gender and women’s studies and LGBTQ+ scholarship and librarianship in the country. In this capacity, I coordinate projects such as Wisconsin Women Making History and Women’s Knowledge Digital Library. I am the new book reviews editor and member of the board for the Coordinating Council for Women in History and am on the editorial board of Reveal Digital.

I am also a freelance writer and book reviewer centering the books of BIWOC and writers of other historically underrepresented communities. I am a regular contributor to Ms. Magazine online and in print. I have articles, book reviews, and interviews published and forthcoming in Ms.; Gay & Lesbian Review; Foreword Reviews; Pulp Magazine; The StartupLibrary Management; Canadian Journal of History; Resources for Gender and Women’s Studies: A Feminist Review; and Journal of American History.

I’m also dedicated to supporting the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) movement and have created an MMIW Resource Guide, which I am currently moving to its own website. I also have interests in Wisconsin women’s history, library history, indigenous knowledge (IK), slavery, and the US Civil Rights Movement.

I hold a bachelor’s in history and women’s studies from Carroll College (Wisconsin), a master’s in library and information science from UW-Milwaukee, and a doctorate in information science from the University of Pretoria (South Africa). See my website for more info and writing clips. 

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Wisconsin, United States, South Africa
Expertise by Geography
North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Gender, Indigenous Peoples, Libraries & Archives, Local & Regional, Race, Sexuality, Women