Director, City College Fellowship Program
Division of Humanities and the ArtsDepartment
Professor Besse is a specialist in Latin American and Caribbean history. She is particularly concerned with problems of gender, ethnicity, class, and nationality. She has published a book, Restructuring Patriarchy: The Modernization of Gender Inequality in Brazil, 1914-1940 (University of North Carolina Press), which has been translated into Portuguese. She has also published a number of articles and reviews, and has worked closely with the Women's Studies Program including service as its Director. She currently directs the City College Fellowships Program.
- Certificat, Institut d’Etudes du Developpement (Geneva)
- B.A., Smith College
- Ph.D., Yale Univ.
- Colonial Latin America
- Modern Latin America
- Women and Gender in Latin America
- Women's Studies 1000