Barbara Hawthorne is a Lecturer in Women’s Studies and Anthropology Programs at the University of Northern Colorado. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology from Colorado State University, and her Ph. D. in Education and Anthropology and Certificate in Women’s Studies at Colorado State University.
Her research and teaching interests include women in an international context; narrative and visual methodology in women’s perspective; women’s dynamics in global modernization and development processes; economy of women; women of Mexican heritage in Colorado history and culture; sex and gender studies; and art expression as a means of communication for women.
Barb has experience with teaching and working with individuals and groups in various community and educational contexts and in developing experiential learning programs with groups of different ages, genders, abilities, ideologies, cultural heritages and histories, and varying socioeconomic standings. She has promoted and expanded museum programs and experiential learning laboratories focused on local culture and (pre)history in collaboration with government, organizational, and educational institutions in northern Colorado. She has done research and Web page development for the “Archival Initiative” program at the Fort Collins Public Library on Mexican-American women and their families in northern Colorado. As a business owner, Barb has worked with improving the positions of women in both job and educational oriented contexts and received the first Patsy Boyd scholarship at Colorado State University for her work with women of disadvantage who were seeking technical careers in horticulture while in Seattle, Washington. She has recently published, Fieldwork in the Sugar Beet Fields of Northern Colorado. High Plains Applied Anthropologist (Boulder, CO: University of Colorado), a narrative authored by a Mexican-American female who worked the fields in the 1950s.