(download my CV as a PDF here: RMBender_CV_June2017)

Rebecca M. Bender, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Kansas State University
Department of Modern Languages
107 Eisenhower Hall
Manhattan, KS  66506
Kansas State University – faculty page


Ph.D. Spanish Literature, The Pennsylvania State University (2013)
Dissertation title: First-Wave Spanish Feminism: Negotiating the Changing Faces of Motherhood and Maternity through Narrative

M.A., Spanish Literature, The University of New Mexico (2007)
Specializations: Latin American and Peninsular Spanish Literature

B.A., Spanish
B.S. Secondary Education, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (2005)


Manuscripts in preparation:

Modernizing Motherhood: Narrating the Maternal Experience in Spanish Women’s Literature (1917-1936)

Peer-reviewed articles:

Book chapters:

Book Reviews:

  • 2017    Francisca Vilches-de Frutos, ed. Las Cortes republicanas durante la Guerra Civil. Madrid 1936, Valencia 1937 y Barcelona 1938 by Matilde de la Torre. Madrid: Cátedra de Exilio, 2015. (published in Feministas Unidas’s FemUn Newsletter, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 28-31: ).


Aug. 2016 – present
Assistant Professor of Spanish, tenure-track
Kansas State University, Department of Modern Languages (Manhattan, KS)
Spanish 550 – Introduction to Hispanic Literature
Spanish 565 – Spanish Culture and Civilization
Spanish 567 – Heroes and Housewives (Literature of Spain)
Spanish 410 – Intermediate Grammar and Composition
Spanish 779 – AP Latin American Literature: Analysis and Context (Graduate)
Spanish 779 – AP Spanish Literature: Transatlantic Perspectives (Graduate)

Aug. 2015 – July 2016
Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish,
Kansas State University, Department of Modern Languages (Manhattan, KS)
Spanish 420 – Intermediate Spanish Conversation
Spanish 565 – Spanish Culture and Civilization
Spanish 567 – Literature of Spain
Spanish 408 – Intermediate Spanish Grammar
Spanish 566 – Literature of Latin America
Spanish 301 – Spanish IV
Spanish 550 – Introduction to Hispanic Literature (Summer 2016; 4-weeks)

Aug. 2013 – May 2015
Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish,
College, Department of Spanish (Grinnell, Iowa)
Spanish 105 – Introduction to the Spanish Language I
Spanish 106 – Introduction to the Spanish Language II
Spanish 217 – Intermediate Spanish
Spanish 285 – Introduction to Textual Analysis
Spanish 295 – Transatlantic Seminar: “Refashioning the Self: Hispanic Women’s Literature in the 20th Century”

May-Aug. 2013
Adjunct Instructor of Spanish (Distance Learning)
Midland College
, Division of Fine Arts and Communication (Midland, Texas)
Created and monitored online Spanish courses with Blackboard (Spanish 1; Spanish 4)
Site created for managing courses:

Aug. 2009 – May 2013
Teaching Assistant / Instructor
The Pennsylvania State University
, Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
Spanish 1, 2, and 3 (as hybrid online 15-week courses and as 3-week summer intensives)
Intermediate Spanish Conversation
Intermediate Grammar and Composition
Introduction to Hispanic Literature (as 15-week course and as 6-week summer intensive)
Spanish 497: Culture and Civilization of Mexico (co-taught abroad in Mexico)

June 2010
Study Abroad Teaching Assistant
Universidad Iberoamericana, Puebla, Mexico
Penn State Summer Study Abroad Program (May 14-June 30)

Aug 2007 – May 2008
Visiting Spanish Instructor
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Department of Languages and Cultures
Foundations in Spanish Language and Culture
Spanish 1
Spanish 3

Aug 2005  – May 2007
Teaching Assistant
University of New Mexico
, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Spanish 1 (course supervisor, Spring 2007)
Spanish 2

Jan-May 2005
Spanish Teacher – Student Teaching placements
Southern Columbia Area High School and Middle School, Catawissa PA
Courses: Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4 and AP (assistant instructor)


  • 2011: Cornell University School of Criticism and Theory. Seminar: “Sexuality and Childhood in a Global Frame: Queer Theory and Beyond” with Dr. Kathryn Bond Stockton.
  • 2010 Universidad Iberoamericana, Puebla, Mexico (May 15-June 3).  Graduate Assistant and Co-Instructor for Penn State’s Summer Study Abroad Program.
  • 2006 Copán Field School, Copán Ruinas, Honduras (July 1-31). Graduate student of Art History and Archaeology, University of New Mexico.
  • 2004 Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain. Undergraduate Semester Abroad.
  • 2002 ESL Internship, Hogar Santa Ana (Orphanage), Adjuntas, Puerto Rico (June).


  • 2018: “The Maternal Body in Science, Medicine, and Modern Spanish Literature.” NeMLA Convention, 2018 – Pittsburgh, PA. April 12-15. Panel organizer and chair.
  • 2014: “Spanish Peninsular Studies IV: The Literary Landscape of Society in Nineteenth-Century Spain.” Southeast Coastal Conference on Languages and Literature (SECCLL). Hosted by Georgia Southern University. Savannah, GA, March 27-28. Panel moderator.
  • 2012: “Marriage, Motherhood and Modernity: Spanish Women’s Narratives (1880-1936).” NeMLA Convention, 2012 – St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY, March 15-18. Panel organizer and chair.


  • 2016:   “Las 13 Rosas: The Glorification of Traditional Motherhood in Contemporary Spanish Cinema.” Hosted by the Department of World Languages and Literatures and the Club de Cine Iberoamericano. California State University, San Bernardino. San Bernardino, CA. March 10.


  • 2017:   ““La moda, o el arte de la indumentaria”: Fashion and Ekphrasis in Carmen de Burgos’s La mujer fantástica (1925).” Representations of Fashion and Clothing in Hispanic Literatures / Representaciones de la moda y el vestido en las literaturas hispánicas. Sponsored by Lehman College (CUNY) and the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY). Lehman College, Bronx, NY. April 7-8.
  • 2017:    Soulless Angels: The Dehumanization of the Traditional Housewife in “La muñeca menor” and The Stepford Wives” The 4th Annual Gender and Sexuality in Kansas Conference. Wichita State University, Wichita, KS. Mar. 3.
    **Co-presented with undergraduate student Amy Hein.
  • 2016:  “Mother or Monster? Exploring Female Subjectivity through Science, Medicine, and Literature in early 20th Century Spain.” The Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literatures (MACHL). The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. Nov. 3-5.
  • 2016: “‘Las madres son más que los dioses’: The Art of Maternity in Federica Montseny’s La indomable (1927)” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC). The University of Kentucky. Lexington, KY. April 14-16.
  • 2015: “Las 13 Rosas: La mitificación de la madre tradicional y apolítica en el cine español contemporáneo.” III Congreso Internacional Historia, Literatura y Arte en el Cine en Español y Portugués. Salamanca, España, June 24-26.
  • 2014: “Maternity in Madrid: Gendered Spaces in Carmen de Burgos’ La rampa.” European Studies Salon: Sex and the City. Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA. Sept. 25.
  • 2014: “Los avances médico-científicos como artes plásticas posmodernas en La piel que habito (2011).” VII Congreso Internacional de la Asociación Hispánica de Humanidades. El humanismo hispánico en la encrucijada universal de la comunicación: lo impreso, lo visual y lo electrónico. Santiago de Compostela, España, June 26-28.
  • 2014: “Lo femenino celestial: Madre, hija y cuerpo como satélites anti-posmodernos en Beatriz y los cuerpos celestes de Lucía Etxebarria.” The 11th Annual Southeast Coastal Conference on Languages and Literature (SECCLL) – hosted by Georgia Southern University. Savannah, GA, March 27-28.
  • 2013: “Science, Medicine, Sociology, and Psychology: Antifeminist Discourse in Spain (1900-36). Graduate Seminar: The Body Politics of the Avant-Garde. Penn State University, State College, PA. January 29.
  • 2012:  “First-Wave Spanish Feminism: Negotiating the Changing Face of Motherhood through Narrative.” The 26th Annual Graduate Student Exhibition – Penn State University, March 23-25. (2nd Place, Arts and Humanities).
  • 2012: “The Economics of Motherhood in Margarita Nelken’s La trampa del arenal (1923).” NeMLA Convention, 2012 – St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY, March 15-18.
  • 2011: “Storytelling as Seduction: Challenging and Transforming the Effects of Cuba’s ‘New Man’ Ideology in Máscaras.” HUC 2011: Storytelling, Memories and Identity Constructions, organized by the International Society for Cultural History and Cultural Studies and Enkidu Magazine – México City, México, November 4-9.
  • 2011: “The Maternal Dilemma in Carmen de Burgos’s Quiero vivir mi vida (1931).” Penn State University Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese Literature Colloquium – Penn State University, State College, PA, October 4.
  • 2011: “Post-Secondary Spanish.” Spanish II, III, IV and AP, Clearfield High School, Clearfield, PA – September 14.
  • 2011: “Vislumbres de una filosofía vitalista en La hiperestésica de Ramón Gómez de la Serna.” The Kentucky Foreign Language Conference – University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, April 14-16.
  • 2011: “Maternity Ward Horrors: Urban motherhood in Carmen de Burgos’s La rampa (1917).” The 8th Annual Southeast Coastal Conference on Languages and Literature – Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA, March 31-April 1.
  • 2007: “Crossing Boundaries in Honduras: Exploring Ourselves through Ancient Maya Art and Architecture” co-presented with Elizabeth Drake Olton (University of New Mexico, Department of Art and Art History). The 18th Annual National Service-Learning Conference: Beyond Borders, Beyond Boundaries–Albuquerque, NM, March 27-31.


The Volunteer.
The Volunteer is the online journal of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, an educational non-profit dedicated to promoting social activism and the defense of human rights. The journal is published four times per year.

Nursing Clio. Because the personal is historical.
Nursing Clio is an open access, peer-reviewed, collaborative blog project that ties historical scholarship to present-day issues related to gender and medicine.


2 Responses to CV/Contact

  1. Sion sublett says:

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