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Mary Maxfield, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow
Women's and Gender Studies


  • Ph.D., American Studies, Saint Louis University, 2022
  • M.A., American Studies, Saint Louis University, 2018
  • M.A., American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University, 2016
  • B.A., Creative Social Change, Fontbonne University, 2010

Research Interests

LGBTQIA+ and feminist community formation, social justice activism, space and place, internet and technology studies

Publications and Media Placements

  •  “Together We Can Make a Safe Home”: Space, Violence, and Lesbian Activism in 1970s Saint Louis.” Left in the Midwest: St. Louis Progressive Activism in the 1960s and 1970s, edited by Amanda L. Izzo and Benjamin Looker, University of Missouri Press, 2022.
  • “Reflections on an Invisible Girl” [fiction], Catapult, October 15, 2021. reflections-on-an-invisible-girl-mary-maxfield
  • “The Bridge,” [creative nonfiction], Sweeter Voices Still: An LGBTQ Anthology from Middle America, edited by Ryan Schuessler and Kevin Whiteneir, Jr., Belt Publishing, 2021.
  • “Harmed or Harmful: The Discourse of Trigger Warnings, Trauma, and Shelter.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 40, no. 3 (February 2020), article/747116.
  • “History Retweeting Itself: Imperial Feminist Appropriations of ‘Bring Back Our Girls.’” Feminist Media Studies 16.5 (December 2015) doi:

Honors and Awards

  • Dissertation Fellowship, Saint Louis University, 2021-2022.
  • Young Adult Fiction Fellowship, Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Workshop, 2021.
  • Stone Soup Community Press Scholarship, 2021.
  • Divided City Summer Graduate Fellowship, Divided City Initiative, Center for the Humanities, Washington University in St. Louis, 2019.