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American Studies

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Beth Loffreda

BA University of Virginia

Ph.D. Rutgers University

Beth Loffreda grew up in Audubon, Pennsylvania, and attended the University of Virginia (BA English) and Rutgers University (PhD English) before moving to Laramie to teach.  Her book "Losing Matt Shepard" (Columbia University Press, 2000), sifts through the cultural and political aftermaths of Matthew Shepard's murder in Laramie in 1998.  Since writing that book, she has published short fiction and nonfiction in places including EPOCH and High Desert Journal. She's at work on two book projects: "love remains", a consideration of mourning and disappearance; and, with co-editors Claudia Rankine and Max King Cap, "The Racial Imaginary," a collection of essays about the meaning of race in creative life (forthcoming from Fence Books).

Beth is a core faculty member in the MFA.  She also serves on the Queer Studies Advisory Board and teaches the core queer theory course for the Queer Studies undergraduate and graduate minors. She serves on committees for American Indian Studies and the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources as well.  She mountain bikes whenever she can.

 

Beth Loffreda

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