Women’s and Gender Studies

Contact Us:
Dr. Brenda Bethman
Acting Director

Sally Mason
Administrative Assistant

(816) 235-5854  
Fax (816) 235-5542

University of Missouri-Kansas City
204 Haag Hall
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110

Diane Mutti-Burke

Diane Mutti-BurkeDepartment of History
Cockefair Hall 203

(816) 235-2549
FAX (816) 235-5723


Diane Mutti-Burke, Assistant Professor of History, (Ph.D., 2004, Emory University).  Publications: "'May we as one family live in peace and harmony’:  Relations Between Mistresses and Slave Women on Missouri's Farms, 1821-1865,” in Women in Missouri History:  In Search of Power and Influence, Mary Neth, LeeAnn Whites, and Gary Kremer, editors, (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2004); and “‘Mah pappy belong to a neighbor’:  The Effects of Abroad Marriages on Missouri Slave Families,” in Searching for Their Places:  Women in the South Across Four Centuries, Thomas H. Appleton, Jr., and Angela Boswell, editors, (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2003).  I teach courses on the history of women in early America, 19th-century American social history, the Civil War, and the American South.

I am currently working on two book projects:  the editing and annotation of the 19th-century diary of Paulina Donald Stratton called A House of Her Own:  The Diary of a Small-Slaveholding Woman, 1846-1870 (forthcoming University of Southern Illinois Press); and a monograph entitled On Slavery’s Borders:  Small Slaveholding in Antebellum Missouri (forthcoming University of Georgia Press).   In 2008, I held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. I also directed a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop on the UMKC campus in the summer of 2008.  UMKC will host the NEH workshop again in the summer of 2010, when 80 teachers from throughout the nation will attend the week-long class on the Kansas and Missouri Border Wars.