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Dr. Babette Faehmel


Elston Hall, Room 400B

Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.A., University of Cincinnati, Ohio
B.A., (equivalent), Hamburg University, Germany

Babette Faehmel grew up in Germany and discovered her interest in United States history as an undergraduate at Hamburg University. In 1998, she moved to the United States to study her favorite subject in greater depth. In 2009, after receiving her Ph.D., she joined the Liberal Arts Division at SUNY Schenectady County Community College. Her prior teaching experiences include Modern Women’s and Gender History at Smith College in Northampton, MA, and a course on Modern U.S. American Thought and Culture at the University without Walls at UMASS Amherst. At SUNY Schenectady, she teaches the U.S. History Survey, Modern World Civilization, History of Women and Gender in the U.S., Introduction to Black History, and Introduction to U.S. Politics and Government. She enjoys working with students inside and outside the classroom and especially relishes working with them on their writing and research. Her most recent publication is an article co-written with two recent SUNY Schenectady graduates. She also teaches an honors capstone seminar on black history through literature and film with Professor Alicia Richardson and considers herself lucky to be surrounded by inspiring and dedicated fellow academics. Dr. Faehmel is a member of the American Historical Association, and of the Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historians.

Recent Creative/Scholarly Work/Publications

College Women in the Nuclear Age: Cultural Literacy and Female Identity, 1940-1960 (Rutgers University Press, September 2011)

Review of Stephanie Gilmore, Groundswell: Grassroots Feminist Activism in Postwar America, American Historical Review December 2013: 1560.

“Unusual Subjects: Finding Model Communities among Marginalized Populations,” co-authored with SCCC alumni Tiombé Farley and Vashti Ma'at, Seneca Falls Dialogues Journal 1 (October 2015): 57-75.