Women’s and Gender Studies

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Dr. Brenda Bethman

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University of Missouri-Kansas City
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Brenda Bethman


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UMKC Women's Center
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Brenda Bethman, Director of the UMKC Women’s Center (Ph.D., Modern German Studies / Graduate Certificate, Advanced Feminist Studies, UMass Amherst; M.A., German Literature, Temple University ; B.A., German Literature, Dickinson College). Brenda has been Director of the UMKC Women’s Center since January 2007. In addition, Brenda serves as Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, Affiliated Faculty in German with the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and as Co-Director of UMKC’s Gender, Health & Development in Senegal Study Abroad Program.

Before coming to UMKC, she was founding Program Coordinator of the Women’s Center and then Director of the Women’s & Gender Equity Resource Center at Texas A&M University, where she also taught for the Women’s & Gender Studies Program, College of Liberal Arts Honors Program, and the Department of European and Classical Languages and Cultures. She is a past chair of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Women’s Centers Committee, as well as past Secretary for NWSA. Brenda was a member of the committee that revised the CAS Standards for Women Student Programs and Services. Recently, she was appointed to the MLA's Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Rights and Responsibilities.

Brenda is a co-founder of and blogger at Student Affairs Women Talk Tech, a group blog that serves as a forum for women in student affairs with an interest in technology. She has presented and published on social media, assessment, women’s leadership, women’s literature, Elfriede Jelinek, Marlene Streeruwitz, Ingeborg Bachmann, and feminism in a variety of venues. She holds a B.A. in German Literature from Dickinson College , an M.A. in German Literature from Temple University, and a Ph.D. in Modern German Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies from UMass Amherst. Her book, Obscene Fantasies”: Generic Perversions in Elfriede Jelinek, examines Elfriede Jelinek’s investigation of Austria’s and Western Europe’s “obscene fantasies” through her “perversion” of generic forms in three of her best-known texts, women as lovers, The Piano Teacher, and Lust and was published by Peter Lang in 2011.