Education

Doctor of Philosophy in History, University of Arizona

Master of Arts in Medieval History, Catholic University of America

Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, Georgetown University

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Stephanie Fink De Backer, PhD
College of Liberal Arts

Biography

"I thrive on interacting with students and helping them reach their own answers to the many questions posed by historical inquiry."

Stephanie Fink De Backer is an Assistant Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University. She received her PhD in History from the University of Arizona where she specialized in Early Modern Europe, specifically Spain and the Habsburg Empire. She has a Master’s degree in Medieval History from the Catholic University of America and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Dr. Fink De Backer has spent time living in and traveling to Spain, conducting archival research in cities such as Madrid, Toledo, and Valladolid. She has published a number of scholarly articles, along with the book Widowhood in Early Modern Spain: Protectors, Proprietors, and Patrons (Brill, 2010). Dr. Fink De Backer is currently working on a second book, La Dama Sebastian: Staging Enlightenment in 18th-Century Spain, co-authored with Cristian Berco of Bishop’s University in Quebec. She has been teaching at the university level for over 15 years, primarily in Arizona. At Ashford she enjoys her position as a remote instructor, saying, “The online modality expands access to a broad population and thus creates the opportunity to work with learners who come to the university with a wide range of backgrounds, interests, and experiences. I thrive on interacting with students and helping them reach their own answers to the many questions posed by historical inquiry.”

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