Gwendolyn Beetham

Gwendolyn Beetham is the Associate Director of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked for women’s research institutes and gender justice organizations around the world and has taught gender studies at the London School of Economics, Rutgers University, and Brooklyn College. She is the co-editor of the four volume collection Gender, Poverty and Development (Routledge, 2014) and founding editor of the series “The Academic Feminist” for Her research interests include gender-based violence, LGBT rights, and critical university studies. Gwendolyn holds a PhD from the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics.

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August 21, 2013
What has changed. What hasn't changed.
June 27, 2013
Or, how peer mentoring saves “early career” academics.
April 25, 2013
The academic online community and mainstream news outlets alike have been abuzz with commentary on the frightening state of job security in academia, illuminated most clearly in the plight of the adjunct. As someone working the adjunct professor “gig,” I feel compelled to speak out.  
July 26, 2012
We all know the score: despite the continued growth in post-graduate degrees, full-time, permanent positions in academia are increasingly rare. In 2009, part-time faculty members represented more than half of all faculty in teaching positions and only 30 percent of all faculty held tenure track positions. Certainly, to search for work in today’s over-saturated academic market, in the depths of a recession, is no easy task; as a newly minted PhD, this is a fact I know all to well.  
April 1, 2012
‘You really should publish something from your Ph.D.’ The refrain is one with which all doctoral students are well-aware. In the past year, I’ve heard the words often: from mentors, my Ph.D. supervisor, colleagues, friends, even mentees. What they don’t know is that even looking across the room at the thick, bound copy of my Ph.D. fills me with dread. To go back to my Ph.D. is to return to a very painful period in my life.


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