Faculty & Staff

Beth Capo

Beth Widmaier Capo

Edward Capps Professor of Humanities, Professor of English, Department Chair
Sturtevant Hall, Room 201
Research Interests
American literature and culture. Women's Studies. Writing.
Pennsylvania State University | Ph.D. | English
Pennsylvania State University | M.A. | English
Denison University | B.A. | English

Beth Widmaier Capo is the author of Textual Contraception: Birth Control and Modern American Fiction (2007), co-editor of Reproductive Rights Issues in Popular Media: International Perspectives (2017), and has published articles on American literature, contemporary Japanese literature, specific writers such as William Faulkner, Nella Larsen, and Margaret Atwood, and American culture. As a Fulbright Visiting Lecturer in American Studies, she taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in Japan. Dr. Capo received a named professorship, the highest honor the College can bestow on its faculty, in 2020 when she was named the Edward Capps Professor of Humanities. 

Students are creative. They challenge me. I always learn from them. I love to talk about books with them, and about how to solve problems.
Dr. Beth Capo
What Students Say
Dr. Beth Capo was the first faculty connection I made on campus. She has supported me both in and outside of the classroom, whether it be in her First-Year Seminar or at a volleyball match.
Former Student