Dr. Mary Jo Klinker

Mary Jo Klinker graduated from Washington State University with a PhD in American Studies, where she taught in the Departments of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies prior to teaching at Winona State University.

Engaging activism in the classroom is central to Mary Jo's pedagogy and also fuels her research, which focuses on the relation of queer activism and theory to feminist antimilitarist organizing and anti-imperialist critique. Her research utilizes ethnographic and participatory action methodologies to examine the impacts of neoliberalism on contemporary social movements. Her teaching interests include LGBT/Queer politics and history, queer abolition politics, transnational feminism and contemporary masculinities.

As a community organizer she has been involved as a board member of the Women's Resource Center of Winona, the statewide IFO Union LGBTQ+ Issues Committee Chair and examining the school-to-prison pipeline in the Winona Area Public Schools on the Diversity and Equity Committee.