Dr. Michaela Moura-Koçoglu

Associate Teaching Professor/ Undergraduate Program Director

Center for Women's and Gender Studies


Dr. Moura-Koçoğlu is an Associate Teaching Professor and Undergraduate Program Director at the Center for Women and Gender Studies at Florida International University. She teaches courses on Gender Violence, Global Women's Writing, Gender and Genocide, and Feminist Theory. Her teaching has a global focus: Dr. Moura-Koçoğlu incorporates collaborative online international learning (COIL) projects in her curriculum. Students in her courses work together on short-term projects with international students at universities in Brazil and Canada to research and address multiple forms of gendered online violence across cultures and societies. Student have successfully designed awareness campaigns and surveys to address online gender inequities. Examples include this Instagram campaign to raise awareness about violence against minorities; and this Podcast episode talking about online violence against Indigenous women.
Dr. Moura-Koçoğlu’s research interests include Indigenous Feminism, Studies in Gender Violence and Trauma, Women and Genocide, Gendered Hate Speech on Social Media, and Postcolonial Literary Studies. Her article “Decolonizing Gender Roles in Pacific Women’s Writing: Indigenous Feminist Theories and the Reconceptualization of Women’s Authority” was published in the journal Contemporary Women’s Writing (2017). She is the co-author of “Teaching Trauma: Collaborative and Comparative Approaches in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Classroom,” to be published by Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal in 2023. Dr. Moura-Koçoğlu submitted her most recent article, “To Carry Pain, To Heal Through Ceremony: Indigenous Feminist Standpoint in First Nation Australian and Canadian Literatures” to the Studies in Canadian Literature series for publication in 2024.