Elizabeth "Beth" Brownson

  • Assistant Professor - History
  • History Department
  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2008
  • PHONE: (262) 595-2316
  • EMAIL: brownson@uwp.edu
Elizabeth Brownson
I have been a faculty member at UW-P since 2012 and was awarded tenure in 2018. I completed my undergraduate studies at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. My M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I received a Fulbright-Hays fellowship to complete my dissertation.

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, MFL reform, colonialism, and Palestinian history. My forthcoming book, Palestinian Women and Muslim Family Law Since 1920, sheds new light on Palestinian Muslim women’s agency in shari‘a courts from the British Mandate period to the present, finding that women’s understanding of family law fundamentals has enabled some to deftly navigate the system.

Consulting Interests

Selected Publications

2019: Palestinian Women and Muslim Family Law since 1920, Syracuse University Press

2018: Reforms or Restrictions? The Ottoman Muslim Family Law Code and Women’s Marital Status , Brill

2017: Enacting Imperial Control: Midwifery Regulation in Mandate Palestine, Journal of Palestine Studies/University of California Press (27-42 pp.)

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

Public Service

2018: Discussant - Harvard Law School, Islamic Legal Studies Program
HIST 103 - INTRODUCTION TO ASIA
HIST 104 - INTRODCTION TO THE MIDDLE EAST
HIST 126 - WRLD HIST I: ANTIQUITY TO 1300
HIST 127 - WRLD HIST II: FROM 1300-1800
HIST 128 - WRLD HIST III: 1800 TO PRESENT
HIST 290 - SPECIAL TOPICS
HIST 315 - HISTORY MODERN MIDDLE EAST
HIST 318 - HISTORY OF ISLAM
HIST 319 - ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT
HIST 490 - SPECIAL TOPICS
HIST 494 - INTERNSHIP IN HISTORY
HIST 499 - INDEPENDENT STUDY
INTS 103 - INTRODUCTION TO ASIA
INTS 499 - INDEPENDENT STUDY