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The Women's Studies Executive Committee

Coordinator of Women's Studies:

Valerie Hegstrom, Associate Professor of Spanish Literature

Executive Committee of Women's Studies:

Kif Augustine-Adams, Professor of Law

Heather Belnap Jensen, Associate Professor of Comparative Arts & Letters

Wendy Birmingham, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Rebecca de Schweinitz, Associate Professor of History

Connie Lamb, Women's Studies Librarian

Renata Forste, Professor of Sociology

Brianna Magnusson, Assistant Professor of Health Science

Delys Snyder, Assistant Teaching Professor of English

Roni Jo Draper, Professor of Teacher Education

 


Kif Augustine-Adams 
Professor of Law

adamsk@law.byu.edu (801) 422-3712 | 428 JRCB

Kif Augustine-Adams is the Charles E. Jones Professor of Law and former Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs (January 2008 - July 2013) at the Law School.  She regularly teaches a feminist legal theory course at the law school.  During the 2013-2014 academic year, she was a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer at Renmin University Law School in Beijing where she also taught feminist legal theory.

Heather Belnap Jensen
Associate Professor of Art History & Curatorial Studies in the Comparative Arts & Letters Department, College of Humanities
heather_jensen@byu.edu (801) 422-8242 | 3051 JFSB

Heather Belnap Jensen is an associate professor of art history & curatorial studies at BYU who specializes in nineteenth-century European art and culture and gender studies. Her research focuses on women in the art world of post-Revolutionary France. She is the co-editor, along with Temma Balducci and Pamela Warner, of Interior Portraiture and Masculine Identity in France, 1789-1914 (Ashgate, 2011), with a contribution on the artist and father-daughter portraiture.  Jensen and Balducci published a pendant to this volume titled Women, Femininity, and Public Space in European Visual Culture, 1789-1914 (Ashgate, 2014). Jensen also has two more book manuscripts in progress: Art, Fashion, and the Emergence of the Modern Woman in Post-Revolutionary France and Artistic Frontiers: Mormon Women Artists Abroad, 1880-1945.

Heather loves running, cooking, fashion, feminism, social justice.

Rebecca de Schweinitz
Associate Professor of History
rld@byu.edu (801) 422-1594 | 2162 JFSB

Dr. de Schweinitz received her PhD in History from the University of Virginia in 2004 where much of her graduate coursework focused on American women and gender history. After researching and writing about late-nineteenth, early-twentieth-century women’s history she began to think about how to use gender theory in the new field of children’s history. Her research on children and youth in the civil rights movement and on childhood, “family values,” and American slavery draws on her expertise in women and gender history. A new research project examines the movement to lower the voting age to 18 in the United States in a number of different contexts, including the modern feminist movement. She teaches U.S. Women’s History and a research and writing course on race and gender in twentieth century America. She has also mentored a number of student theses and independent research projects on women and gender history.

Valerie Hegstrom
Associate Professor of Spanish Literature and Coordinator of Women's Studies
valerie_hegstrom@byu.edu (801) 422-3191 | 3148 JFSB

Valerie Hegstrom's research involves the recovery of Early Modern Spanish and Portuguese women authors and their works. She has published books and articles about Early Modern women playwrights and their theater, particularly María de Zayas and Angela de Azevedo. She is currently working on an edition of Bernarda Ferreira de Lacerda's volume of poetry Las soledades de Buçaco (1634), as well as a translation of poems, prose, theater, and letters by Soror Maria do Ceo.Hegstrom offers courses on Spanish women authors, including "Early Modern Women Writers" and "Convent Literature." She has mentored student performances of La muerte del apetito by Sor Marcela de san Félix (2008), El muerto disimulado by Angela de Azevedo (2004), "La fiestecilla del nacimiento" by Sor María de san Alberto (1994), and the Loa al Divino Narciso by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1993). Additionally, she teaches "Introduction to Women's Studies" and supervises the "Women's Studies Colloquium."She is a founding member of GEMELA, Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y las Américas (pre-1800). She has served as Coordinator of Women's Studies since February 2011.

Connie Lamb
Women's Studies Librarian
connie_lamb@byu.edu  (801) 422-6196 | 1202 HBLL

Connie Lamb is currently the Anthropology, Middle East Studies and Women’s Studies Librarian at the Lee Library. In addition to her Master’s in Library Science, she holds Master’s degrees in biology, international relations, and anthropology. Connie’s major research interests  are Mormon women, Middle East women, and the anthropology of food.

Connie is active in several professional library and subject associations, and has served as the President of the BYU Faculty Women’s Association. She has published numerous articles and book reviews and has co-edited two book-length bibliographies. In her efforts to make women’s materials more accessible for researchers, she has developed the following electronic databases related to women: “Guide to Women’s Manuscript Collections”, “Women in the Middle East Bibliography”, the “Mormon Women’s Studies Resource” and “Index to the Relief Society Magazine”.

 

Renata Forste 
Professor of Sociology

renata_forste@byu.edu (801) 422-3146 | 2025 JFSB

Dr. Forste received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 1992. She was an assistant professor at Western Washington University for three years in Bellingham, Washington. Forste joined the faculty at BYU in 1995 in the department of sociology. Her primary research interests include child health and patterns of family formation and interaction that influence child health. 

Dr. Forste served as the Women's Studies Program Coordinator from 2010-2011.

 

 

Brianna Magnusson 
Assistant Professor of Health Science

 brianna_magnusson@byu.edu (801) 422-3083 | 2050 LSB

Dr. Magnusson received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from Brigham Young University (2002) and a Master of Public Health (2005) and Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology (2011) from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Her teaching and research interests include epidemiology & reproductive health with specific emphasis on social determinants of health, including the effect of social norms, residential segregation, family structure and childhood experiences on reproductive health. Magnusson joined the faculty at BYU in August 2011 in the Department Health Science, College of Life Sciences.

      

Delys Snyder
Assistant Teaching Professor of English
delys_snyder@byu.edu (801) 422-3486 | 4110B JFSB

Dr. Snyder is a professor in the English Department at Brigham Young University and serves as the associate coordinator of University Writing.  She oversees the advanced writing taught in the English Department and Writing Across the Curriculum.  She trains graduate students to teach advanced writing, and she teaches advanced writing, especially Technical Communications.  She serves on the Women's Studies Executive Board, and teaches Introduction to Women's Studies.  She has published articles about style, espcially in the style of Cormac McCarthy, whose self-proclaimed influences include Shakespeare and Flannery O'Connor.

  • PhD, Instructional Psychology & Technology, Brigham Young University, 2007 
  • MA, English, Brigham Young University
  • BA summa cum laude, English, Brigham Young University

 

 

Roni Jo Draper
Professor of Teacher Education
roni_jo_draper@byu.edu (801) 422-4960 | 210-X MCKB

Dr. Draper received her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy Studies, University of Nevada, Reno.  She has mentored countless aspiring influential teachers who perhaps could go on to prepare the next great mind who may change the world. Dr. Draper joins us on the Women's Studies Executive Committee.  She has teaching at BYU since May 2000. She has a passion for math and science education and creating welcoming schools. She exudes optimism.  

 

 

Wendy Birmingham
Assistant Professor of Psychology 
wendy_birmingham@byu.edu (801) 422-1648 | 1054 SWKT

Professor Birmingham's program of research is guided by previous research indicating that the quality and quantity of one’s social relationships are linked to lower morbidity and mortality and protect against the adverse effect of stress. Her research focuses on two pathways linking relationship quality and quantity to health outcomes: physiological pathways and behavioral pathways. In terms of examining physiological pathways, she is interested in how marital relationship quality and family processes can impact blood pressure, a predictor of cardiovascular disease risk. In terms of examining behavioral pathways, she is interested in how relationship processes such as relationship quality, familial support and influence, spousal support and influence, and patient-provider influence can impact behaviors such as cancer screening adherence (e.g., HPV vaccination adherence, colorectal cancer screening adherence, mammography adherence), and diet and lifestyle choices, specifically in individuals who are at increased risk for cancer due to a family history.  She also teaches the Introduction to Women's Studies course on occasion.