• Professor Kristin Mapel Bloomberg

    Kristin Mapel Bloomberg

    Professor of Women's Studies
    Hamline University Endowed Chair in the Humanities

    Biography

    Kristin Mapel Bloomberg (PhD, University of Nebraska) is professor women’s studies and Hamline University Endowed Chair in the Humanities. She is a proud Hamline alumna, member of the CLA Class of 1990.

    As professor women’s studies, Dr. Bloomberg teaches the program’s core curriculum including “Foundations of Women’s Studies,” survey of feminist theory, and the senior seminar in women’s studies. In addition, she teaches a variety of interdisciplinary electives that are often cross-listed with other programs such as history, English, or social justice. Her elective course offerings have examined the topics of women in popular culture, women settlers and pioneers on the prairies and plains, women’s social change organizations, and the mass market popular romance novel.

    Beyond the classroom, Dr. Bloomberg is actively involved in campus life, including serving as faculty advisor to the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance; Students Preventing Sexual Violence; and Iota Iota Iota, the women’s studies academic honor society. From 2001-2014 she served as Faculty Director of the Hamline University Women’s Resource Center. She is a founding member of the Hamline Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force, is a certified Green Dot violence prevention instructor, and assists with Hamline’s Green Dot violence prevention initiative.

    Dr. Bloomberg’s research interests focus on nineteenth century women’s culture and social movement in the nineteenth century Midwest and trans-Mississippi west. She has published on a variety of topics relating to American women writers, Minneapolis women’s study and self-improvement clubs, early Methodist Episcopal women and coeducation, the St. Paul Society for the Hard of Hearing, and the Political Equality Club of Minneapolis. Her greatest research focus, though, is on the subject of Nebraska woman’s rights advocate Clara Bewick Colby, editor and proprietor of The Woman’s Tribune, which was the second-longest-running woman’s rights journal in the United States.

    Teaching Style

    Students enrolling in a course with Dr. Bloomberg can expect a high degree of academic rigor applied to topics that aren’t usually associated with traditional programs of study. Her courses use feminism to investigate the status and role of women in various aspects of society, and are designed to engage students in discussions of social transformation that lead to making the world a better place, and to gaining analytical perspectives that will allow them to flourish in a diverse and constantly-changing world.

    “I want my students to claim their educations – to not just learn about topics that aren’t usually discussed in college classrooms, but to think about how our knowledge has been shaped by those who hold social power – and what might be missing as a result. This isn’t always easy, and they need to be prepared to have their assumptions challenged both in class and in the real world. Hamline offers the most amazing array of learning opportunities, and when students truly take advantage of those opportunities, they can be empowered to shape the larger social conversation.”

    - Kristin Mapel Bloomberg