Bethany Schneider

Associate Professor and Chair of Literatures in English
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Phone 610-526-5319
Location English House 214


Ph.D., Cornell University.
M.A., Cornell University.
B.A., Oberlin College.

Areas of Focus

Nineteenth-Century American literatures and cultures; American Indian literatures and cultures


Bethany Schneider specializes in nineteenth-century American literatures with teaching and research interests in American Indian studies, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, slavery, childhood and concepts of citizenship and belonging.   Her published and forthcoming essays include: “The Consummate Hermaphrodite,” “Thus, Always: Julius Caesar and Abraham Lincoln;” “’Not for Citation: Jane Johnston Schoolcraft’s Strategies of Synchronic Presence;” “Oklahobo: Following Craig Womack’s Native American Queer Studies;” and “Boudinot’s Change: Boudinot, Emerson and Ross on Cherokee Removal.”  

Writing as Bee Ridgway, she is the author of The River of No Return, published in 2013. For more about Bee Ridgway and The River of No Return:

Courses Taught:
204: Literature of American Expansion
254: Subjects and Citizens
268: Native Soil
270: American Girl
309: Native American Literature
330: Writing Indians
359: Dead Presidents