Bethany Grace Howe

Transgender doctoral student and humor writer

Following graduation from the University of Colorado in 1992, Bethany pursued a variety of interests: High school teacher, hotel manager, performer & media manager for Disney on Ice, and Major League Baseball mascot. In 2002, Bethany returned to school at the University of Missouri. There she also served as an adjunct professor as well as a newspaper editor. She also won several awards for narrative and feature writing. Following graduation, Bethany went into small-town journalism where she worked as a reporter and then humor columnist in Lincoln County, Oregon. She later switched her journalism pursuits from writing to teaching, when she became a middle and high school journalism, English, and social studies teacher. She maintained this role until enrolling in the University of Oregon in 2015. Currently, Bethany freelances for local publications as well as blogs on LGBTQ issues for the Huffington Post. In addition to her primary doctoral focus on journalism pedagogy, she is also active in working for transgender equality. Presenting at schools as well as at professional and academic conferences, she helps people understand a very misunderstood part of the population. She also serves as a member of various diversity committees within the School of Journalism and Communication, and the larger university.