Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Birmingham
Office: Minard 318E40
NDSU hired me in 2001, and since then, I've taught more than 18 different English and gender studies classes, so I would call myself an English Studies generalist. I have BA degrees in literature and art history, an MA in creative writing, and a PhD from Iowa State University (2001) in Rhetoric and Professional Communication with a 30-hour specialization in architectural history, theory, and criticism.
Recently, I've been learning more about anime and manga, and as a result, have published and presented on topics such as girls, slash-ups, fan culture, and anime music videos (AMVs); incest tropes in shojo manga; the rhetoric of Steampunk in anime; and feminist ecocriticism and the films of Hayao Miyazaki.
I’ve begun a new administrative job as Associate Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences where I work on external funding and research matters for the college and am actively involved in undergraduate curriculum development, assessment, and the AHSS learning community.
In the fall of 2013, I will be teaching English 382, Film Genres and Styles: Anime. After the spring of 2014, I won’t be teaching for a while, as I focus on administrative duties.