Bettina Tate Pedersen, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Literature

Education

  • B.A., Northwest Nazarene College
  • M.A., Temple University
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Background

Dr. Bettina Tate Pedersen joined the PLNU faculty in 2000 and served as Department Chair from 2011-2014. She teaches 19th and 20th Century British and World Literature, Feminist Theory, and Composition. Her scholarship deals primarily with women writers, feminist theory, and the relationship between feminism and Christianity.

SCHOLARLY WORK
Selected Publications

“What Does a Woman Look Like? Reflections on the Multiple, Messy, and Mutating.”  Results May Vary: Christian Women Reflect on Post-College Life.  Eds. Linda Beail and Sylvia Cortez Masyuk.  San Diego, CA: Point Loma Press Series and Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2013.  86-93.

“Are We Doomed? Why Christian Colleges and Universities Must Lead on the Issue of Gender Equity and Why They Don’t.” The Christian College Phenomenon: Inside America’s Fastest Growing Institutions of Higher Learning. Abilene: Abilene Christian University Press, 2012. 253-69. Co-authored with Allyson Jule, Professor of Education, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC Canada.

Being Feminist, Being Christian: Essays from Academia.  New York: Palgrave.  June 2006. (Paperback, April  2008) – co-edited with Allyson Jule. 

“Suicidal Logic: Melancholy/Depression in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.”  Victorian Gothic.  Eds. Karen Sayer and Rosemary Mitchell.  Leeds: Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies. 6 (2003):  110-23.  Rpt. Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism: Critisism of the Works of Novelists, Philosophers, and Other Creative Writers Who Died between 1800 and 1899, from the First Published Critical Appraisals to Current Evaluations.  Eds. Jessica Bomarito and Russel Whitaker.   Vol. 165.  Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2006. 150-57.

“And That I Should Teach Tolerance.” Profession. New York: MLA, 2001. December 2001.

Forthcoming Publications

“Wollstonecraft’s Wrongs of Woman to Stoker’s Dracula: You’ve Come a Long Way Baby, or Have You?”
Book chapter. Forthcoming publication in a collection of essays on the gothic to be published in England.

Balancing Challenges: Feminism in Christian Higher Education and Other Places.
Book contract with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK. Co-authored with Allyson Jule. Forthcoming. 

Manuscripts in Process

Why Feminism Still Matters - book on the relevance of feminism to evangelical Christianity

An English Sabbatical - creative nonfiction memoir covering four months of sabbatical life and study in England

A Son's Leg, a Mother's Heart - creative nonfiction memoir recounting my son’s year-long leg-lengthening procedure following a twelve-year wait for the surgery 

Selected Conference Paper Presentations

“Reading Literature, Reading the Bible: Becoming a Feminist Christian of the Bible.”  Take Every Thought Captive to Christ: Ideas Have Consequences, Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) International Conference, July 26-28, 2013 in Pittsburgh, PA. Invited Speaker. (Lecture available at http://www.equalitydepot.com/ReadingtheBibleReadingLiterature.aspx

“The Many Faces of Feminist Conversations.”  The Company of Others: Literary Collaboration and the Common Good, Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature, May 16-18, 2013, at Azusa Pacific University.  

“Mary Wollstonecraft’s The Wrongs of Woman; or, Maria: Gothic Entrapment Versus Feminist Emancipation.” Bram Stoker Centenary Conference. University of Hull, Hull, UK.  April 12-14, 2012.

"We're Doomed: Why Christian Colleges and Universities Must Lead on the Issue of Gender Equity and Why They Don't," co-presented with Allyson Jule of Trinity Western University, Canada. Paper presented at the Changing Faces: Changing Opportunities & Campus Climates for Women and Men Conference, Abilene Christian University, September 29-October 1, 2010. 

"When Will We No Longer Need Feminism?" Paper presented at the Changing Faces: Changing Opportunities & Campus Climates for Women and Men Conference, Abilene Christian University, September 29-October 1, 2010.