view or download my CV via Google Docs here:  CV – Rebecca M Bender, PhD

Rebecca M. Bender, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Spanish
Kansas State University
Department of Modern Languages
107 Eisenhower Hall
Manhattan, KS  66506
rmbender [at] ksu [dot] edu
Kansas State University – faculty page


Ph.D. Spanish Literature, The Pennsylvania State University (2013)
Dissertation title: First-Wave Spanish Feminism: Negotiating the Changing Faces of Motherhood and Maternity through Narrative

M.A., Spanish Literature, The University of New Mexico (2007), with honors
Specializations: Latin American and Peninsular Spanish Literature

B.A., Spanish
B.S. Secondary Education, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (2005), summa cum laude


Manuscripts in preparation:

Pregnant Minds and Literary Bodies: Motherhood and Feminism in Spanish Women’s Literature of the Modernist Era (1900-36)

Peer-reviewed articles:

Book Reviews:

(see TEACHING page for course details, syllabi, etc.)

Aug. 2021 – present
Associate Professor of Spanish, with tenure
Kansas State University, Department of Modern Languages (Manhattan, KS)

Aug. 2016 – May 2021
Assistant Professor of Spanish, tenure-track
Kansas State University, Department of Modern Languages (Manhattan, KS)

Aug. 2015 – July 2016
Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish (one-year appointment)
Kansas State University, Department of Modern Languages (Manhattan, KS)

Aug. 2013 – May 2015
Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish (two-year appointment)
 College, Department of Spanish (Grinnell, Iowa)

May-Aug. 2013
Adjunct Instructor of Spanish (Distance Learning)
(summer appointment)
Midland College
, Division of Fine Arts and Communication (Midland, Texas)
Created and monitored online Spanish courses with Blackboard (Spanish 1; Spanish 4)
Site created for managing courses:

Aug. 2009 – May 2013
Graduate Teaching Assistant / Instructor
The Pennsylvania State University
, Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese

May-June 2010
Study Abroad Teaching Assistant, Penn State Summer Study Abroad Program
Universidad Iberoamericana, Puebla, Mexico

Aug 2007 – May 2008
Visiting Spanish Instructor (one-year appointment)
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Department of Languages and Cultures

Aug 2005  – May 2007
Graduate Teaching Assistant
University of New Mexico
, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Jan-May 2005
Spanish Teacher – Student Teaching placements
Southern Columbia Area High School & Middle School (PA)


  • 2020    “Thinking Outside the Exam: Alternative Assessments Across the L2 Curriculum.” Kansas World Language Association (KSWLA) Virtual Conference. October 24. **Co-Presented with colleagues Dr. Laura Kanost and Dr. Andie Faber.**
  • 2020    “Snapping and Mapping: Improving Critical Analysis and Increasing Student Engagement in the L2 Literature Classroom.” Midwest Association for Language Teaching Technology (MWALT) 2020 Conference, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. Feb. 8.
  • 2019    “Motherhood and the Urban Economy in Margarita Nelken’s La trampa del arenal (1923)”. Imaginarios económicos en la literatura y el cine de España y Latinoamérica. Sponsored by Lehman College (CUNY). Lehman College, Bronx, NY. April 5-6.
  • 2018    “The Don Quixote Seminar: Pedagogy and Pop Culture.” Cervantes Society of America North American Conference. University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. September 27-29.
  • 2018    “Early Social Justice Warrior? Carmen de Burgos and Institutional Reform in Early 20th Century Spain.” Part of the Roundtable Space of Maternity, Motherhood, and Care in the Hispanic World from Past to Present. 49th Annual NeMLA Convention, Omni William Penn, Pittsburgh, PA, April 12-15.
  • 2018    “Carmen de Burgos’s Feminist Art Museum in the Avant-Garde Novel The Fantastic Woman. The 5th Annual Gender and Sexuality in Kansas Conference. Wichita State University, Wichita, KS. Mar. 30.
  • 2017:   ““La moda, o el arte de la indumentaria”: Fashion and Ekphrasis in Carmen de Burgos’s La mujer fantástica (1925).” Representations of Fashion and Clothing in Hispanic Literatures / Representaciones de la moda y el vestido en las literaturas hispánicas. Sponsored by Lehman College (CUNY) and the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY). Lehman College, Bronx, NY. April 7-8.
  • 2015: Las 13 Rosas: La mitificación de la madre tradicional y apolítica en el cine español contemporáneo.” III Congreso Internacional Historia, Literatura y Arte en el Cine en Español y Portugués. Salamanca, España, June 24-26.
  • 2014: “Los avances médico-científicos como artes plásticas posmodernas en La piel que habito (2011).” VII Congreso Internacional de la Asociación Hispánica de Humanidades. El humanismo hispánico en la encrucijada universal de la comunicación: lo impreso, lo visual y lo electrónico. Santiago de Compostela, España, June 26-28.


The Volunteer.
The Volunteer is the online journal of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, an educational non-profit dedicated to promoting social activism and the defense of human rights. The journal is published four times per year.

Nursing Clio. Because the personal is historical.
Nursing Clio is an open access, peer-reviewed, collaborative blog project that ties historical scholarship to present-day issues related to gender and medicine.

4 Responses to CV/Contact

  1. Sion sublett says:

    I found this: “Bells of sugar, 1970. Watercolor, gouache and collage on paper and cardboard. The bells of sugar, compared to / / forces of evil rattle the litany of / / ‘flower power’ of bluebells Christmas / / Salvador Dali, 1970.” here:,%2Bfrente%2Ba%2Blas%2Bfuerzas%2Bdel%2Bmal%2Brepiquetean%2B%2Bla%2Bletania%2522%26client%3Dsafari%26rls%3Den . My curiosity got the better of me. I thank you for posting this very interesting topic.

  2. Mr. O says:

    Hola Rebecca, gracias por compartir las lecturas que realizaste con tu estudiantes partiendo de la leyenda de La Llorona. Éste es mi primer año enseñando y actualmente estoy en busca de una versión de la leyenda de La Llorona para leer con mis estudiantes. Me interesaron las dos versiones que leíste con tus estudiantes. En tu post mencionas que te contacten si es que alguién está interesado en las copias de las versiones que usaste, y queria saber si es posible obtener las copias de esas dos versiones de la leyenda de La Llorona. De antemano muchas gracias.

    • Dr. Rebecca Bender says:

      gracias por leer! si me mandas un email — rmbender [at] ksu [dot] edu — te mandaré las copias del texto que tengo. suerte con tus cursos!

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