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Dr. Jennifer Phegley Awarded the 2013 Curran Fellowship for Research and the WGS Faculty Research Grant

Dr. Jennifer Phegley, Professor and Co-Chair, Department of English, was awarded the 2013 Curran Fellowship for Research on the 19th-Century Press by the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals.  She also recently received a Women’s and Gender Studies Faculty Research Grant for her project on mid-19th century niche-market periodicals for women, boys, and girls.

Dr. Phegley and Miun Gleeson received funding from a Friends of the Library Grant for the purchase of Fanny Trollope’s series of wedlock and widow novels.

Dr. Phegley was invited by the 18th- and 19th-Century Studies Group at the University of Missouri-Columbia to present “Victorian Girls Gone Wild: Matrimonial Advertising in the London Journal and Bow Bells” on March 8.  She also conducted a workshop on “Approaches to Scholarship in Transatlantic Nineteenth-Century Studies” at the Kansas State University English Department Graduate Student Conference on March 30.



Dr. Virginia Blanton Awarded a 2013 NEH Digital Humanities Startup Grant

Dr. Virginia Blanton, English; Dr. Jeff Rydberg-Cox, English and Classics; and Dr. Nathan Oyler, Chemistry have been awarded a 2013 National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Startup Grant for their proposal A Digital Studio for the Optical and Chemical Analysis of Manuscripts and Printed Books.  The grant provides $59,896 to begin a project in which they will analyze the chemical properties of inks as examined under various light frequencies.


Recent Publications from Dr. Kristi Holsinger, Dept of Criminal Justice & Criminology

We are pleased to announce recent publications for Dr. Kristi Holsinger, Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.


Teaching Justice: Solving Social Justice Problems through University Education. Farnham, England: Ashgate.

Refereed Articles

Submitted:   Hodge, Jessica and Kristi Holsinger, “Assessing the Status of Gender-Specific Programs through the Lens of Juvenile Justice Staff.” Submitted to Feminist Criminology.

Forthcoming:   Joanne Belknap, Kristi Holsinger and Jani S. Little, “Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth in Juvenile Facilities.” In Dana Peterson and Vanessa R. Panfil (eds.), The Handbook of LGBT Communities, Crime, and Justice. Springer Science + Business Media Publishing.

“The Feminist Prison.” In Frank Cullen, Cheryl Lero Jonson, and Mary K. Stohr (eds.), The American Prison: Imagining a Different Future. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Joanne Belknap and Kristi Holsinger, “The Gendered Nature of Risk Factors for Delinquency: A Pathways Approach.”  In Meda Chesney-Lind and  Lisa J. Pasko (eds.), Girls, Women, and Crime: Selected Readings, 2nd edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. [article reprint]

Joanne Belknap, Kristi Holsinger and Jani S. Little, “Sexual Minority Status, Abuse, and Self-Harming Behaviors among Incarcerated Delinquent Girls.” Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 5:1-13.

Kristin A. Bechtel, Leanne Fiftal Alarid, Alexander Holsinger and Kristi Holsinger, “Predictors of Domestic Violence Prosecution in a State Court.” Victims and Offenders, 7:143-160.

Joanne Belknap and Kristi Holsinger, “The Gendered Nature of Risk Factors for Delinquency: A Pathways Approach.” In Stacy L. Mallicoat, Women and Crime: A Text/Reader. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. [article reprint]


Grant Work

“Evaluation of the Development and Implementation of Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Protocols and Policies in Johnson County, Kansas.” Vera Institute of Justice. With Dr. Toya Like-Haislip.


WGS Faculty and Graduate Student Research Grants Announced

The UMKC Women’s & Gender Studies Program is pleased to announce that the following faculty and graduate students have been awarded research grants in April 2013:

Faculty Awards

  • Brenda Bethman (WGS and Foreign Languages and Literatures): “Site Visit for Study Abroad Program to Senegal”
  • Miriam Forman-Brunell (History): “Girls in America: A History of Girlhoods”
  • Jane Greer (English):  ”On Pins and Needles: Working-Class Women &the Rhetoric of Organized Labor at the Donnelly Garment Company”
  • Kathy Krause (Foreign Languages and Literatures): “The Gendered Visages of Allegorical Narrative in BnF fr. 378″
  • Jennifer Phegley (English):  ”‘A Mania for Founding Magazines’: Samuel Beeton, John Maxwell, and the Development of Periodicals for Women and Children in Mid-Nineteenth-Century England”

Graduate Student Award

  • William Brent Wright (English MA): “Emma Goldman and Mother Earth: Incubators for Anarcho-Feminism”

Congratulations to the recipients!

WGS Director Awarded Fulbright Grant

Brenda Bethman, director of the Women’s & Gender Studies Program and the UMKC Women’s Center, and Affiliated Faculty in German in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, has been awarded a Fulbright Grant to attend the 2013 Baden-Württemberg Seminar for American Faculty in German and German Studies. The award includes seminar fees, room and board, and travel to/from Germany. Participants must be teaching at U.S. universities and only 15 are selected.

The German-American Fulbright Commission describes the seminar as offering “professional development in all areas relevant to the teaching of German Studies including German Language, Literature, Culture, Professional Education, Politics and Higher Education.” It will be held June 9-22, 2013. The primary location is University of Tübingen in the state of Baden-Württemberg, but the program also includes visits to other universities in the state.

The Feminist Prison – Dr. Kristi Holsinger, Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology

It was a surprising email.  A prestigious professor from graduate school wrote out of the blue asking me to write a book chapter for a new book he had envisioned and recently received a contract for.  The book title was The American Prison: Imagining a Different Future.  Great idea!  I am not a big fan of many aspects of our current correctional system, not to mention the fact that we are #1 in the world in terms of incarceration rates.  The chapter topics in the book proposal were interesting; for example, “The Faith-Based Prison,” “The Racially Just Prison,” “The Healthy Prison,” and “The Green Prison.”

The book chapter the professor had in mind for me was “The Feminist Prison.”  Honestly, I could hardly get my head around it — isn’t this term an oxymoron?  Nothing about the word “prison” connects in any meaningful way to the word “feminism” for me.  Yet I was intrigued at the possibility of thinking more creatively about what a “feminist prison” might look like.

The book comes out this month.  I hope you will request the book or the book chapter through our inter-library loan system.  I welcome dialogue (or even an email) about my attempts to connect these two seemingly contradictory words and envision a vastly different prison system for women.

Holsinger, K. (2013). The Feminist Prison. In F. Cullen, C.L. Johnson, and M.K. Stohr (eds.), The American Prison: Imagining a Different Future (pp. 87-110). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Dr. Holsinger received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.  Her areas of research and interest are Juvenile Justice; Women, Crime and Criminal Justice; Corrections; Gender-Responsive Policies and Programs; Mentoring; and Restorative Justice.

“Latina Spiritualities” – A Lecture by Professor Lara Medina

 Join us for a special presentation by Dr. Lara Medina, California State University at Northridge

“Latina Spiritualities: Paths of Creativity and Responsibility”

Thursday, April 25th

6:00 ~ 7:30 p.m.

Katz Hall 101

Reception will follow the lecture

Dr. Medina’s presentation will provide an overview of the diverse strands of Mexican American/Chicana spiritualities, beginning with an historical perspective on our indigenous lineages, the impact of Christianity, and ongoing creative strategies to sustain spiritual and political activism.  This event is sponsored by Latina/Latino Studies Program, Women’s & Gender Studies Program,  and the Bernardin Haskell Lecture Series Fund.

The lecture is open to UMKC students, faculty, and staff, and members of the Kansas City community.



A History of Kansas City Women Making History – Fall 2013

Dr. Mary Ann Wynkoop, noted scholar on American Studies, women’s history, post-World War II history, the Civil Rights Movement, and film history, will be teaching “A History of Kansas City Women Making History” for the fall 2013 semester.  Dr. Wynkoop is retired from UMKC, where she was an assistant professor in the Department of History and director of the American Studies Program.

The course will examine Kansas City women who made a difference in the city’s history. From the city’s early years as a rough and tumble frontier town, through its growth as both a major Midwestern farming and cultural cneter (both “Cow Town” and “Paris of the Plains”), to its current status as a major metropolitan competitor in the arts, sports, and economics, women have been central to the ways in which Kansas City has developed.  Major themes in women’s history will be examined through the lens of local leaders in social and political reform, economic development, and cultural advances.  For example, students will read about and study the suffrage movement with its famous leaders Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, but will also look at less well known Dolly Dallmeyer, who worked for the vote in Kansas City.  And students will learn about Dorothy Gallagher, who founded Guadalupe Center, and Claude Gorton, who fought against the Pendergast machine and its corruption.  Readings will include both a general women’s history text and individual articles about Kansas City women.

The class will meet Thursday evenings, beginning August 22, 5:30 to 8:15 p.m., at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library.  The class is listed as History 300C, section 0001.

For more information, please contact the Department of History at UMKC, (816) 235-1631.




Women of Color Leadership Conference Presents “A Night of Poetry”

“A Night of Poetry”


Azure Antoinette

poet, spoken word artist, photographer, youth and arts advocate

Antoinette  has been called “the Maya Angelou of the millennial generation.”   She was included in Forbes’s 100 Most Powerful Women in the World issue in 2012 and was featured in a special section titled “Women Helping Women.”   She has been commissioned to write for the former first lady of California Maria Shriver, Tuskegee Airman Col. Lee Archer, and the American Cancer Society, and has shared the stage with such artists and peformers as Kenny Lattimore, Treasure Davis, Rudy Francisco, James Avery, Danny Glover, Vanessa Williams, Elliott Gould, and Delroy Lindo.  Antoinette recently appeared in the 2011 April issue of O magazine for National Poetry Month.

Mayda del Valle

Del Valle has been described by the Chicago Sun Times as having “a way with words.  Sometimes they seem to flutter and roll off her lips. Other times they burst forth like a comet streaking across a nighttime sky.”  In 2001 del Valle won the Nuyorican Grand Slam Championship.  Also in 2001, she won the National Poetry Slam Individual Championship – becoming the first poet from the Nuyorican, the youngest poet and the first Latina to win the title.  Del Valle has been featured in numerous publications including Urban Latino, Latina magazine, and Mass Appeal magazine.  She was named by Smithsonian magazine as one of America’s Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences.

Tuesday, March 26

Reception ~ 5:30 p.m.

Performances ~ 6:00 p.m.

UMKC Pierson Auditorium

This event is free and open to the public.   Registration is required.


The Vagina Monologues!