- First Name
- Last Name
- United States
- WI Wisconsin
- University of Wisconsin
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- US women's history, women in white supremacy (organized and every day), racism and whiteness, missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG), Wisconsin women, libraries for women's empowerment, library history, book reviews, BIWOC authors.
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- Find me on Twitter and Instagram @karlajstrand.
- About Me
I’m a librarian, US women’s historian, freelance writer, and book reviewer dedicated to uncovering and uplifting women’s voices, experience, and knowledge for the empowerment of oppressed peoples around the world. Queer, feminist, actively anti-racist and trans-inclusive, I’m a giant book nerd who’s continuously sharpening my disruptive skills as an anti-oppression accomplice in service to others.
As a US women’s historian, I’m exploring the role of women in white supremacy, both in organizations and everyday life. I’m interested in the examination of white women’s dedication to race over gender. 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’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 Startup; Library Management; Canadian Journal of History; Resources for Gender and Women’s Studies: A Feminist Review; and Journal of American History.
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
- Strand, Karla J. (2018-present). Ms. Feminist-Know-It-All [monthly digital column]. Ms. Magazine.
- Strand, Karla J. (2019-present). Bookmarks [regular column in print magazine]. Ms. Magazine.
- Strand, Karla J. (Sept/Oct 2020). Where the Binary Never Ruled [review of Glitter Up the Dark: How Pop Music Broke the Binary by Sasha Geffen (2020).] Gay & Lesbian Review 73, 35-36.
- Strand, Karla. (2020, Sept.-Oct.). Like a Boy But Not a Boy [Review of Like a Boy but Not a Boy: Navigating Life, Mental Health, and Parenthood Outside the Gender Binary by andrea bennett (2020)]. Foreword Reviews.
- Strand, Karla J. (2020, Aug. 18). Civil Rights Hero JoAnne Bland: “This Time, We’re Going to Go All the Way”. Ms. Magazine.
- Strand, Karla J. (2020, Spring-Autumn). S. Ware, Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote [review of Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote by Susan Ware (2019)]. Canadian Journal of History 55(1-2). 153-155.
- Strand, Karla J. (2020, July 11). Zerlina Maxwell on Her New Book, Identity Politics and the 2020 Election. Ms. Magazine.
- Strand, Karla J. (2020, June 18). Laurie Halse Anderson on Her New Book, Writing Graphic Novels and Wonder Woman. Ms. Magazine.
- Strand, Karla J. (2020, May 20). The Ms. Q&A: Madame Gandhi on Creativity and Feminism—During COVID and Beyond. Ms. Magazine.
- Strand, Karla. (2020, March 12). In New Memoir, Deborah J. Cohan Explores the Complexities of Love, Illness and Parental Abuse [Review of Welcome to Wherever We Are: A Memoir of Family, Caregiving and Redemption by Deborah J. Cohan (2020)]. Ms. Magazine.
- Strand, Karla J. (2019. Dec. 12). Statutory rape is rape. And we’ve ignored it for long enough. Pulp Magazine.
- Strand, Karla J. (2019, Nov. 18). The Ms. Q&A: The Black, Feminist Subtext of Melanie S. Hatter’s Award-Winning Novel “Malawi’s Sisters”. Ms. Magazine.
- Strand, Karla J. (2019, Fall). From Classic to Current: Inspiring Essays on Feminism [Review of The Future is Feminist: Radical, Funny, and Inspiring Writing by Women, edited by M. Farrugia (2019)]. Resources for Gender and Women’s Studies: A Feminist Review 40(4), 20.
- Strand, K.J. & Britz, J.J. (2018). The Evolving Role of Public Libraries in South Africa in Addressing Information Poverty: A Historical Context. Library Management, 39(6/7).
- Strand, K.J. (2017). The Role of Libraries in the Eradication of Information Poverty and Empowerment of Women. In C. Mnubi-Mchombu and T.V. Warikandwa (Eds.), Women’s Rights and the Role of Women in Poverty Eradication: A Contemporary Namibian Perspective (pages 122-130). Windhoek, Namibia: University of Namibia Human Rights & Documentation Centre, Faculty of Law.
- Strand, K.J. (2016). An exploration into the role of public libraries in the alleviation of information inequality and poverty in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.
- Strand, Karla J. (2015). The Archival Turn in Feminism: Outrage in Order [Review of the book The Archival Turn in Feminism: Outrage in Order, by K. Eichhorn]. Journal of American History 102, 957-958.
- 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, Libraries & Archives, Local & Regional, Race, Sexuality, Women