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Mary Zeiss Stange, Ph.D.
As the author of Woman the Hunter (Boston: Beacon Press, 1997/1998), the first cultural history of the relationship of women and hunting, Mary Zeiss Stange has gained national recognition as the primary scholar working on the subject today. She has been profiled in The Chronicle of Higher Education, USA Today, and in widely syndicated Associated Press stories; has been interviewed by The New York Times, Sierra Magazine, Outside Magazine and the BBC; and has done numerous interviews on National Public Radio, including "Talk of the Nation" and "To the Best of Our Knowledge." Stange and her work were the subject of "She Got Game," a lengthy feature interview by Barbara Ehrenreich, in the June/July 1999 issue of "Ms." Magazine.
Her second book was a collaboration with psychologist Carol K. Oyster. Gun Women: Firearms and Feminism in Contemporary America (New York: New York University Press, 2000). It deals with women's various positive relationships with firearms (self-protection, hunting, recreational and competitive shooting, careers like law enforcement and the military). Stange's third book, Heart Shots: Women Write about Hunting, a critical anthology of historical and contemporary women's outdoor writing, was published in August 2003 by Stackpole Books. She is also general editor of the "Sisters of the Hunt" series of classic women's writing about hunting, which Stackpole published from fall of 2003 through 2005. Her next book, Hard Grass: Life on the Crazy Woman Bison Ranch, traces the changing realities of high plains ranch life. It will be published by the University of New Mexico Press in June 2010.
Stange leads something of a double life--college teaching in upstate New York, and ranching and hunting in Montana, where she and her husband Doug operate the Crazy Woman Bison Ranch. In her writing, too, she moves between, and is equally at home in, two distinct worlds, having authored numerous articles in both scholarly and commercial publications. The author of over fifty academic articles and reviews, she additionally writes regularly for USA Today and is a member of its editorial Board of Contributors. She also writes about women and feminism, contemporary religion, environmentalism, and various other political and social issues for such national publications as Big Sky Journal, High Country News, Bugle, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Women's Review of Books, and the Los Angeles Times. Her essay, "Last Man Out of the Hunting Lodge, Please Turn Out the Lights," was in 1998 awarded the Izaak Walton League's "Thinking Like a Mountain" prize for cutting-edge writing on environmental issues, and in Spring 2006 she won first prize in Sierra Club's "Why I Hunt" essay contest.
She is Professor of Women's Studies and Religion, and formerly Director of the Women's Studies Program, at Skidmore College. Stange was the 2004-2005 Edwin R. Moseley Faculty Lecturer at Skidmore, an award which "acknowledges an exemplary level of scholarship and achievement that sets a standard for academic excellence at Skidmore. It is the highest honor that the Skidmore faculty can bestow on one of its own."
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