Women’s and Gender Studies

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Dr. Brenda Bethman

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University of Missouri-Kansas City
208 Haag Hall
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110

Girls’ Studies Faculty

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 culture) of girls and gender, the family, and sexuality in the U.S. Author of Babysitter: An American History (2009); Made to Play House: Dolls and the Commercialization of American Girlhood, 1830-1930 (1993;1998); co-editor of The Girls' History & Culture Reader: The Nineteenth Century (2011) and The Girls' History & Culture Reader: The Twentieth Century (2011); editor of Girlhood in America: An Encyclopedia, 2 vols. (2001); series editor of Children & Youth: History and Culture (2003-2008).  Dr. Forman-Brunell's research examines the construction of girlhood, the everyday lives of girls and female adolescents, and the principles and practices of girls' culture in American history.  Current research projects are (1) American Girlhoods: A Multi-Cultural History from Pre-Contact to the Present, (2) Barbie and the Creation of Girls' Culture, and (3) Girls' Goods & Gadgets: A Material Culture Reader.

Jane Greer, Associate Professor of English, (B.A., Hanover College, 1986; M.A., The Ohio State University, 1990; Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1994). Editor of Girls and Literacy in America: Historical Perspectives to the Present (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2003). Author of articles published in College Composition and Communication, College English, Peitho, and Women's Studies Quarterly and in numerous edited collections. Dr. Greer's current teaching and research focuses on the literacy practices of girls and women in the 19th and 20th centuries in the U.S., and she is completing a manuscript on the opportunities for rhetorical education available to working-class women in the U.S. from 1840 to 1940.

Kristi Holsinger, Associate Professor of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Criminology, (B.A., Aquinas College, 1990; M.S., University of Cincinnati, 1995; Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 1999). Joint appointment with Women's and Gender Studies. Dr. Holsinger's research focuses on the needs and experiences of system-involved girls as well as teaching strategies in mentoring incarcerated youth and teaching restorative justice to traditional college students and incarcerated youth.

Lynda Payne, Associate Professor of History, (M.A., University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1977; 1985 A.S.N. (Nursing) SUNY, Albany, N.Y. Registered Nurse, State of California; Ph.D., University of California-Davis, 1997). Dr. Payne's research and teaching examine children, adolescents and disease from 1600-present.  She is currently researching a monograph on Percivall Potts, an 18th Century London surgeon who specialized in treating children and diagnosed the first industrial cancer in chimney sweeps.  She has presented papers on the medical diagnosis of puberty in nineteenth century Europe and the sale of children in pre-modern Sweden.