Center for the Study of Human Trafficking and Interpersonal Violence
Stepanka Korytova Magstadt, Ph.D., a Czech native, earned her degrees in England, the US, 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 US. She has since taught at various institutions in the US, Czech Republic, and in England, as well as, on Semester at Sea.
Among her primary scholarly interests are migration, social justice, and human trafficking. 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, United Nations, and human trafficking. She is also the director of the Center for the Study of Human Trafficking and Interpersonal Violence.
Her students have ranged from graduate level (seminars in global human trafficking at a US university) to 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.
Dr. Korytova Magstdt is currently investigating the impact of child adverse experiences on graduation rates and is pursuing her interest in learning the French language. She has also volunteered at several civic and music education projects for Roma teens.
Her social interests include Argentine Tango, tennis, skiing, cafes, films, and theater. She has a son, Michael, and resides in Milwaukee, WI.