About

Karla J. Strand is a freelance writer, researcher, and information specialist.

By day Karla is a librarian specializing in gender and women’s studies. The rest of her time is focused on reading, writing, and researching. She’s also studying for her genealogy accreditation and is an aspiring astrologer. She will be offering historical research and genealogical services soon.

A regular contributor to Ms. Magazine, Karla writes “Ms. Feminist Know-It-All” online and “Bookmarks” in the print publication. She has articles, book reviews, and interviews published and forthcoming in Ms.; The Progressive; Sierra: The Magazine of the Sierra Club; KnovvmadsGay & Lesbian ReviewForeword ReviewsPulp MagazineFarewell AlarmsThe StartupFearless, She WroteInvisible Illness; Library Management; Canadian Journal of History; Resources for Gender and Women’s Studies: A Feminist Review; and Journal of American History. Karla is also the reviews editor for the Coordinating Council for Women in History.

Broadly speaking, Karla is interested in equality and liberation for all people. While she applies queer, feminist, anti-racist, and anti-colonial analyses to any/every topic, Karla is particularly interested in the active roles white women play in racism, white supremacy, and settler colonialism, with a focus on their deconstruction. Her historical emphasis has been on US women’s and American Indian histories and feminisms, and histories of race and racism. Karla’s reviewing is centered on books by women and writers of the global majority. 

Karla has earned a doctorate in Information Science (2016, University of Pretoria, South Africa), a Master’s in Library and Information Science (2006, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), and a bachelor’s degree in history and women’s studies (2003, Carroll College, Wisconsin). Download Karla’s CV here.

If you are interested in having Karla examine your book for review or list inclusion, please see the Book Consideration Policy.