About the Editor
Editor: Brigitte H. Bechtold
MSR Editorial Office
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
137 Anspach Hall
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI. 48859
Brigitte H. Bechtold is a Professor of Sociology at Central Michigan University, where she also directs the Center for Research on Poverty, and heads the curricular initiative for the Human Right Certificate. She has served as Women’s Studies Director, European Studies Director, and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and obtained an M.A. degree from Michigan State University after completing the Cand. and Lic. degrees at the Vrije Universiteit van Brussel (Free University of Brussels)in Belgium. Her ongoing research and publication foci are in urban sociology—in particular “buildering”—, minimum wage issues, the economics and sociology of the Commons, and the causes of infanticide and filicide. She has published numerous articles and several books, including two books on infanticide. She teaches courses in human rights, racism and inequality, and social justice in a global society. Prior to joining Central Michigan University, she was a Senior Economist under the Carter Administration, at the Minimum Wage Study Commission.
Bechtold’s experience as a journal editor includes a 15-year period as a member of a board of professional journal editors, her production of book-length camera-ready manuscripts, and editor or co-editor of several special journal issues, including guest editor for the Michigan Sociology Review’s issue on poverty in Michigan. She is the recipient of the Golden Pencil Award from the Review of Radical Political Economics for extraordinary contributions as editor, and has received recognition for her published work on several occasions, notably the Michigan Sociological Association’s Charles Horton Cooley Award for Distinguished Contributions in Sociology in 2009, and the ACE Woman of Excellence Award in 2010.