Brigitte Bechtold

Anspach Hall 134
(989) 774-1291


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1982
  • M.A., Michigan State University, 1970
  • Lic., Free University of Brussels, 1967
  • Cand., Free University of Brussels, 1965

Areas of Teaching expertise

  • European Studies
  • Global Social Justice
  • Research Methods
  • Sociology of sex and gender
  • Sociology of knowledge

Research Interests

  • Game Theoretic Models of Gender Violence
  • The Social Thought of V. Woolf
  • Gender Wage Gap
  • Socio-Economic Causes of Infanticide
  • Sociological Study of European Allotment Gardens
  • Political Economy of Poverty

Selected Publications

  • "Introduction: Exploring the Contexts of Infanticide," "African-Islam," "Amazons," "Animal World," "Bavaria," "Belgium," "Bride Price," "Cannibalism," "Caribbean," "Cinema," 'Cinema-Hindi," 'Contraception," "Cox, Susanna," "Cronus," "Deady Baby Jokes," "Demographers' Terms," "Demography," "Feral Children," "Filicide," "Finland," "Gendercide," "Germany," "Gulag," "Hambleden," "Holocaust" (with Colleen Wilson-Rood), "Hugo," "Illegitimacy," "Incest," "Industrialization," "Kidnapping," "Male Supremacist Complex," "Matriarchy," "Modest Proposal," "Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSbP)," "Nomadism," "Pacific Islands," "Prostitution," "Sex Ratio," "Siblicide," "Solomon (King)," "Terminology," "United States," "United States Air Force," "Waters, Margaret," "Wet Nursing," "Women's Studies," in: Mellen Encyclopedia of Infanticide, eds. and comps. B.H. Bechtold and D.C. Graves. Edwin Mellen Press, 2010. 
  • "The Role of Community Gardens in Defining and Achieving Social Wellbeing," pp. 115-133, in Proceedings of the International Scientific Conference on Social Values in Public Service. Eds. L. Dziewiecka-Bokun and Jolanty Kedzior. Published for ASESOR University, Wroclaw (Poland). Torun (Poland): Adam Marszalek, 2009.
  • "Reflection and research: forming the perfect FIT." Co-authored with Pamela Eddy, Shelly Hinck, Regina Mitchell, and Patricia Williamson. Teaching and Learning: The Journal of Natural Inquiry and Reflective Practice 23 (Summer 2009).
  • "Children's Issues in Morocco," Chapter 9, pp. 153-172 in Ghada Talhami, ed., The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Children's Issues Worldwide, Vol. 5. Westport CT and London: Greenwood Press. 2007.
  • "Theorizing Gender for Community College Research," in a special issue of the Community College Journal of Research and Practice., 32 (Fall 2008): pp. 1-12.
  • Killing Infants: Studies in the Worldwide Practice of Infanticide. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellon Press, 2006, co-edited with D.C. Graves. This book also contains a substantive introductory chapter (co-authored) and a chapter authored by me, entitled "The Changing Value of Female Offspring in Late 19th Century France; Evidence from Secondary Sex Ratios."
  • The "Art and Political Economy" special issue of the Review of Radical Political Economics. 2004, Volume 36 (September): pp. 461-470.
  • "Infanticide in 19th-Century France: A Quantitative Interpretation." Review of Radical Political Economics. 2001, Vol. 33: pp. 165-187.
  • "More than A Room and Three Guineas: Understanding Virginia Woolf's Social Thought," Journal of International Women's Studies 1 no. 2 (May 2000); pp. 1-18
  • "Social Services for Immigrant Women in European Nations: Lessons from the Council of Europe's Project on Human Dignity and Social Exclusion," Chapter 10, pp. 198-218 in Gender, Migration and Public Policy, Gregory Kelson and Debra DeLaet, ed. Macmillan Publishers 1999. With Ludmila Dziewiecka-Bokun.