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Valerie Barske


Professor Barske joined the UW-Stevens Point faculty in 2007, lecturing in Women’s Studies and Peace Studies. Barske earned her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she specialized in the cultural history of Okinawa, modern Japan, women and gender studies, critical theories of the body and embodiment.

She is so proud of how the UWSP champions international cultural studies and welcomes a great variety of students interested in both history and interdisciplinary research. Barske is a certified Laughter Yoga leader!


  • American Anthropological Association (2002-Present)
  • American Historical Association Conference on Asian History (2015-Present)
  • Association for Asian Studies and Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (2008-Present)


  • Institute for Research in the Humanities, UW System Fellow (2013-2014)
  • UWSP University Excellence in Teaching Award (2012)


Barske, Valerie H. (2018). “Thinking through Movement: Embodied Learning as Feminist Pedagogy for the Social Sciences,” in Ekaterina Levintova and Alison Staudinger eds. Gender in the Political Science Classroom, Indiana University Press SoTL Series, 237-262.

Be brave enough to step outside your cultural comfort zone–that is where the learning starts.



“The world is your oyster!” – William Shakespeare

Professor of History and International Studies
Coordinator of International Studies and Peace Studies

CCC 453
(715) 346-2334​


Ph.D. - History
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

M.A. - History
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

B.A. - History
Oglethorpe University


East Asia since 1600
Historical Thinking
Images of the Samurai
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Issues
Topics in East Asia: Women in Japan
World History since 1500