Barbara Korbal was a content coordinator and advertising manager of Feminist Voices, a Madison, WI based newspaper (1987-1992); a coordinator for the Women’s Rape Prevention Ride Service (1986-1990); a member of the Wisconsin Treaty Rights Support Network (1987-1991) and anti-war activist with Women Against Intervention in the Gulf (1989-1991). In New Mexico, Barbara was a member of New Mexico Gay and Lesbian Political Alliance and now directs the Q Educational Archives.
Barbara designed and developed the first LGBT course taught at Purdue (1993; 1994), now institutionalized as a regular course offering. Barbara has taught courses in Women’s Studies, LGBT Studies, Legal Studies as Cultural Studies, and Theories of Race, Gender, Class and Sexuality at Purdue University and the University of New Mexico. She received her BA in English and Theatre (1990—University of Wisconsin—Madison); her Master’s in American Studies (1994—Purdue University); and is completing her PhD in the History Department at the University of New Mexico. Her dissertation is entitled, “AIDS in New Mexico: A Legal, Medical and Social Justice Examination.” Since 2016, Barbara has been a Research Fellow at the Center for Southwest Research at the University of New Mexico where she is a processing archivist.