Associate Professor American Studies Department | Humanities and Writing Department
School of Arts and Sciences
Office: Activities East 223F
B.A. (with Honors in Linguistics), Swarthmore College
M.A. (American Studies), University of Maryland
Ph.D. (American Studies) University of Maryland
Mary Battenfeld divides her teaching duties between Humanities and American Studies. She came to Wheelock in 1993, after a year as a Fulbright Professor in Indonesia. Her teaching interests are in the interdisciplinary study of multicultural America. Courses she has developed include Native American Literature, American Identities, Film and Fiction, Social and Political Change, and Race in America.
Battenfeld is the editor of the 2001 edition of Helen Doss's 1954 memoir of life as an adoptive mother of twelve, The Family Nobody Wanted. Interests in the history of adoption continue to motivate her current research project on the evolution of adoption law in the nineteenth century.
A longtime board member of the New England American Studies Association, she has helped organize conferences on a variety of themes, and worked to foster connections between secondary and college teachers of American Studies.