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Kuznesof, Elizabeth

Elizabeth A.
Kuznesof, PhD
Year Inducted: 
1994
Elizabeth Kuznesof
Highlights: 
  • Internationally renowned for her scholarly endeavors in the field of Latin American Studies
  • Director of the Latin American Studies Program
  • Center for Latin American Studies awarded National Resource Center status by the Department of Education in Washington, D.C due to her efforts
  • Major research focuses on composition and function of the household in Brazil
  • Author of two books
Biography: 

Dr. Elizabeth A. Kuznesof  is renowned for her scholarly endeavors in the field of Latin American Studies, both nationally and internationally.  Dr. Carol Warren, professor of Sociology, stated “her scholarship reflects the virtues of both the best history and the best sociology: careful historical research coupled with theoretical framing and innovation.”  Her major research area is the composition and function of the household in Brazil.  An interesting finding has been the surprising number of female-headed households and their considerable economic and social independence. 

Dr. Kuznesof has published numerous articles in such respected journals as:  Journal of Family History, Latin American Research Review, and Comparative Studies in History and Society, among others.  She has published two books.  Dr. Kuznesof also served as the Director of the Latin American Studies Program.  Dr. Charles Stansifer, Professor of History, stated she “is an excellent grant writer.  Due to her efforts, the Center for Latin American Studies was awarded National Resource Center status by the Department of Education in Washington, D.C.”  He further explained, “This is the most prestigious recognition the Center can achieve nationally, and indicates the Center is one of the fourteen best in the nation.” 

Dr. Kuznesof has also worked long and hard to convince departments within the College of the importance of Latin American Area studies, due to its demanding absolute rigor and high levels of competence of curriculum which she has helped to design.  Marc Becker, a former graduate student in history, says her seminars “are educational, interesting, and intellectually challenging. . . . she readily adapts the content and form of the lessons.”  Dr. Kwolek-Folland, formerAssociate Professor of History, named Dr. Kuznesof as “one of my chosen role models,” further describing her as the “smartest, toughest, kindest, and graciously generous professional I’ve ever seen.”  


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