Beverly J. Stoeltje

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Indiana University
Location: Bloomington, Indiana, United States

Beverly J. Stoeltje, Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in anthropology.

Dr. Stoeltje became involved in her profession because she was particularly interested in women and gender as a woman. When she began graduate school, the feminist movement was starting and she was very interested in that. She grew up in Texas on a ranch and she had very strong grandmothers that were frontier women, and one of them was a teacher. She grew up in a small town, played junior rodeo and the piano in church. Dr. Stoeltje matriculated at The University of Texas, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1961, a Master of Arts in 1975 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1979.

One of the highlights of Dr. Stoeltje’s career was when her students did the panels. There were two panels done in her honor at the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society in 2019. She began her career in 1983 as an assistant professor of English at The University of Texas at Austin. After three years, she relocated to Indiana and joined Indiana University in 1986 as an associate professor of anthropology. She remained in that role until 2008 when she moved up to professor of anthropology and folklore/ethnomusicology. She remained in that position until she retired in 2013 and became a professor emeritus, a position she holds to this day. As a testament to her success, Dr. Stoeltje was named a Weatherhead Scholar by the School of American Research from 1997 to 1998 and was named a Fulbright research fellow in Ghana from 1989 to 1990. She has also been inducted as a member of the African Studies Association, American Folklore Society and the American Anthropological Association.

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