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Elizabeth Brownson
  • Elizabeth "Beth" Brownson

  • Assistant Professor - History
  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2008
  • History
  • (262) 595-2316
  • brownson@uwp.edu
Biography
I am originally from Grand Junction, Colorado, and I obtained my BA at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. My MA and PhD are from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I completed my dissertation research in Jerusalem and London as a Fulbright-Hays fellow. Since completing my PhD in 2008, I taught World History at a prep school for three years and Middle Eastern history courses at UC Santa Barbara for one year. I have been at UW-P since 2012.
Teaching, Research/Creative & Consulting Interests

Teaching Interests

My modern Middle East course examines imperialism and nationalist movements, Islamist groups, US wars and foreign policy, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the 2011 uprisings across the Arab world, and the current conflicts in Syria and Yemen. My approach to teaching World History, the Middle East, and Israel-Palestine emphasizes gender, race, and class as tools of analysis. My classes also explore social history, such as patterns of consumption and production, and other aspects of people’s everyday lives.

Research Interests

My research interests intersect topics of gender, Muslim Family Law, colonialism, and Palestinian history. My dissertation, “Gender, Muslim Family Law, and Contesting Patriarchy in Mandate Palestine, 1925-1939,” demonstrates how Palestinian women were often able to gain benefits by maneuvering within the male-privileged court system. I examine how non-elite women used the court to their advantage by using gendered strategies in child custody, maintenance, and women-initiated divorce cases. Another aspect to my thesis concerns British education policy and midwifery regulation, as well as Palestinian responses to these aspects of colonialism. I have published these findings in an article for Journal of Palestine Studies. I am currently in the process of revising my thesis for publication.

Consulting Interests

Publications
Selected Publications

2014: "Colonialism, Palestinian Nationalism, and the Politics of Teaching History in Mandate Palestine", Journal of Palestine Studies, University of California Press

2013: Review of A Quiet Revolution: The Veil's Resurgence, from the Middle East to America, Arab Studies Quarterly, Pluto Journals (3 pp.)

2013: Review of Consuming Desires: Family Crisis and the State in the Middle East, Journal of Middle East Women's Studies, Indiana University Press

2011: Baathism, Yasser Arafat, Shi'a Islam, Jews for Jesus, Christian Zionism, The PLO, Middle East Peace Process, Middle East Wars, Wahabism, Gender in Dar al-Islam, Fatima bint Muhammad, ABC-CLIO

2006: Huda Sha’rawi, Ayatollah Khomeini, Lord Curzon , Macmillan Reference

2004: Review of Dreaming of Palestine, Middle East Studies Association Bulletin/Cambridge University Press (126-127 pp.)

Courses Taught

Spring 2018

INTS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
HIST 104 INTRODCTION TO THE MIDDLE EAST
HIST 126 WRLD HIST I: ANTIQUITY TO 1300
HIST 128 WRLD HIST III: 1800 TO PRESENT

Winterim 2018

HIST 128 WRLD HIST III: 1800 TO PRESENT

Fall 2017

HIST 318 HISTORY OF ISLAM
HIST 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
INTS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
HIST 494 INTERNSHIP IN HISTORY
HIST 103 INTRODUCTION TO ASIA
INTS 103 INTRODUCTION TO ASIA
HIST 128 WRLD HIST III: 1800 TO PRESENT
HIST 128 WRLD HIST III: 1800 TO PRESENT

Spring 2017

HIST 319 ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT
HIST 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
INTS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
HIST 126 WRLD HIST I: ANTIQUITY TO 1300
HIST 128 WRLD HIST III: 1800 TO PRESENT

Winterim 2017

HIST 128 WRLD HIST III: 1800 TO PRESENT

Fall 2016

HIST 315 HISTORY MODERN MIDDLE EAST
INTS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
HIST 103 INTRODUCTION TO ASIA
INTS 103 INTRODUCTION TO ASIA
HIST 128 WRLD HIST III: 1800 TO PRESENT
HIST 128 WRLD HIST III: 1800 TO PRESENT

Spring 2016

INTS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
HIST 104 INTRODCTION TO THE MIDDLE EAST
HIST 126 WRLD HIST I: ANTIQUITY TO 1300
HIST 128 WRLD HIST III: 1800 TO PRESENT
HIST 128 WRLD HIST III: 1800 TO PRESENT

Winterim 2016

HIST 128 WRLD HIST III: 1800 TO PRESENT

Fall 2015

HIST 318 HISTORY OF ISLAM
HIST 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
HIST 494 INTERNSHIP IN HISTORY
HIST 127 WRLD HIST II: FROM 1300-1800
HIST 128 WRLD HIST III: 1800 TO PRESENT
HIST 128 WRLD HIST III: 1800 TO PRESENT

Spring 2015

INTS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY

Fall 2014

HIST 315 HISTORY MODERN MIDDLE EAST
HIST 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
HIST 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
INTS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
HIST 494 INTERNSHIP IN HISTORY
HIST 127 WRLD HIST II: FROM 1300-1800
HIST 128 WRLD HIST III: 1800 TO PRESENT

Spring 2014

HIST 319 ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT
HIST 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
INTS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
HIST 126 WRLD HIST I: ANTIQUITY TO 1300
HIST 128 WRLD HIST III: 1800 TO PRESENT

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