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Northwest Missouri State University


Faculty/Staff Spotlight

June 8, 2017

Ford presents paper at women’s history conference

Dr. Elyssa Ford

Dr. Elyssa Ford

Dr. Elyssa Ford, an assistant professor of history at Northwest Missouri State University, presented June 1 at The 17th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York.

Ford presented her paper, “There is no L in the IGRA: The Complicated Position of Lesbians in Gay Rodeo” as part of a panel discussion, titled “Gender and Sexuality in Sport Performance and Representation.”

The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, a triennial conference launched in 1973, is June 1-4. The 2017 conference theme was “Difficult Conversations: Thinking and Talking About Women, Genders, and Sexualities Inside and Outside the Academy.”

Ford joined the Northwest faculty in 2011 and teaches courses in U.S. history and women’s history in addition to directing the public history minor. Previously, she taught at Paradise Valley Community College in Arizona and had fellowships at Rowan University in New Jersey and Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. She also has professional experience working at multiple museums, including the National Cowgirl Museum and the Arizona Jewish Historical Society.

She has a bachelor's degree from Colby College in Maine and earned her master’s, doctorate and graduate certificate in museum studies from Arizona State University.


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Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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