Rebecca "Beck" Krefting
Class of 2001: Majors in English and Psychology, Minor: Women's and Gender Studies
Rebecca Krefting, who goes by Beck, graduated from UAH in 2001 with majors in English and Psychology and a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. She is currently a visiting assistant professor of American Studies at Skidmore College, where she teaches courses in women's literature and history, popular culture, contemporary American cultures, and U.S. humor and women's comic performance.
Because Beck already had double majors in English and psychology while at UAH, she did not need a minor in order to graduate. Nonetheless, she remembers that she enjoyed her Women's and Gender Studies classes so much that she decided to complete the Women's and Gender Studies minor anyway, a decision that ultimately influenced her to obtain an M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies at Ohio State University. She then earned a PhD in American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2010.
Reflecting on the benefits of her UAH Women's and Gender Studies minor, Beck emphasizes that the Women's and Gender Studies program helped her develop research and analytical skills that are critical to her work as a scholar and a teacher. At present, she is revising her dissertation for a book titled More than Just a Joke: American Humor and Its Discontents. She has also published work in disability education, theater and feminist pedagogy. Her most recent work is a co-authored chapter on feminist architectural education entitled 'Placing Space: Architecture, Action, Dimension—Pedagogy and Practice,' soon to be published in Feminist Practices: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Women in Architecture.
Beck concludes that, "I use what I learned in the Women's Studies program and from its affiliate faculty every day; it's a little impossible not to when what you now know changes the way you make sense of the world. Women's Studies and feminist theories inform my world views, my teaching and my scholarship."