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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5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110

Miriam Forman-Brunell

Miriam Forman-BrunellDepartment of History
Cockefair Hall 203

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Miriam Forman-Brunell, Professor of History, (B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1977; M.A. Sarah Lawrence College, 1982; Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1990). Cultural and social history (including material and visual culture) of children and youth (especially girls), women and gender in the U.S. 

Forman-Brunell is the author of Babysitter: An American History (2009) and Made to Play House: Dolls and the Commercialization of American Girlhood, 1830-1930 (1993;1998). She is the co-editor of Princess Cultures: Mediating Girls’ Identities and Imaginations (2014); Dolls Studies: Essays on Girls’ Toys and Play (2014); The Girls' History & Culture Reader: The Nineteenth Century (2010); and The Girls' History & Culture Reader: The Twentieth Century (2010) and editor of Girlhood in America: An Encyclopedia, 2 vols. (2001) and The Story of Rose O’Neill: An Autobiography (1997). Forman-Brunell served as editor of Children & Youth: History and Culture (2003-2008).

Dr. Forman-Brunell is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. She has been awarded fellowships and research awards from National Endowment for the Humanities; the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation; Schlesinger Library; Andrew Mellon Foundation; Smithsonian Institution, and others.

She is currently Co-Director (with Kelly Schrum) of Children and Youth in History, an educational web resource that provides college teachers with the materials and methods for integrating children and youth into history and humanities courses ( The NEH-funded site is produced by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Her current research projects include, Girls in America: A History of Girlhoods, a historical synthesis, and Girls’ Economy: A History of Work.