Kolbenschlag, Madonna, 1935-

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Born November 2, 1935, Cleveland, OH, died January 29, 2000, Santiago, Chile. Noted author and professor. Madonna Claire Kolbenschlag, was born in Cleveland, Ohio on November 2, 1935 to Maud Matthews Kolbenschlag and William G. Kolbenschlag. She graduated from Lourdes Academy in Cleveland in 1953. She then joined the religious community of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary (H.M.), based in Villa Maria, Pennsylvania, taking her first vows in 1956, and professing her final vows in 1959. She subsequently obtained her bachelor's degree from Notre Dame College, a small institution near Cleveland, in 1962. She went on to earn both her master's degree (1968) and PhD. in Literature (1973) from the University of Notre Dame (Indiana). Kolbenschlag continued her relationship with the University of Notre Dame, serving as professor of American Studies and Women Studies from 1973 through 1980. Dr. Kolbenschlag left Notre Dame in 1980 and pursued a brief career in politics in Washington, D.C., where she served as a legislative assistant and research analyst in the U.S. House of Representatives until 1985. At the same time, she was a senior fellowship at the Woodstock Theological Center, a Jesuit sponsored research institute at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In 1986, Dr. Kolbenschlag began coursework towards her master's degree in clinical psychology at the Fielding Institute, located in Santa Barbara, California. In 1988, she was the first woman to be appointed an Ecumenical Fellow at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. In 1989 she published her second book and started her clinical training at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. In 1993, she received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Fielding Institute. She later served as a licensed clinical psychologist and research associate at the West Virginia University Health Services Center, as well as a professor of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry. In 1999, she joined the Women's Studies Department as an adjunct professor. While following her passion for women's economic and social change in Santiago, Chile, Dr. Kolbenschlag died on January 29, 2000.

From the description of Madonna Kolbenschlag, H.M., Ph. D, papers, 1942-2000. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 54491372

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Sex discrimination in higher education
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