Center for the Study of Human Trafficking and Interpersonal Violence
Stepanka Korytova Magstadt, Ph.D., a Czech native, earned her degrees in England, the USA, and the Czech Republic. Born in Prague, at the age of 21 she left for England and stayed for 4 years. Having earned an undergraduate degree in Modern European and American History at Southampton University, she then immigrated to the U.S. She has since taught at various institutions in the USA, Czech Republic, and England, as well as, on Semester at Sea.
Among her primary scholarly interests are migration, social justice, and human trafficking. Her To Reap a Bountiful Harvest: Migration of Czechs Beyond the Mississippi River, 1850-1900 is the first scholarly work on Czech presence in the USA. Her other publications resulted from her research in the field of migration, human trafficking, and from her collaboration with the Director of the Middle Way House, a domestic violence shelter in Bloomington, Indiana.
Since she believes in the importance of service learning and community engagement learning, her courses speak to the current problems and issues, and they often/usually culminate with a community engagement project.
She has been an adviser to student groups focused on the issues of exploitation, human rights, the United Nations, and human trafficking. She has founded a faculty study group and a nonprofit organization focusing on the study of exploitation and interpersonal Violence. Her students have ranged from graduate-level (seminars in global human trafficking at a US university), adults (Czech language), to elementary school students in the Czech Republic (ESL). She has taught face to face and online and embraces new technologies in the classroom.
She actively volunteers for several organizations and civic projects in the US and the Czech Republic. She has also volunteered at a civic and music education project for Roma teens. Her social interests include Argentine Tango, tennis, skiing, cafes, films, theater, and books. She has a son, Michael, and resides in Milwaukee, WI, and in Utery, the Czech Republic.