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Abstract provided by interviewer Lauren Jewell.

Rebecca Hunter attended Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas from 1997 to 2001. She obtained a B.S in Biology from ACU in 2001 and then went on to receive an M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University in 2004 as well as a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Auburn University in 2009. Abilene Christian University is a Church of Christ affiliated liberal arts institution. Dr. Hunter describes her time at Abilene Christian University as a female STEM major. She explains the impact that religious culture as well as different gender roles and expectations had on her education and campus experience. She specifically discusses topics like student behavioral policies, mentorship, and the impact of social club dynamics on her understanding of what an ideal “ACU Woman” was during the time she attended the university. She also explains how she believes gender stereotypes impact her role and interactions with students now as a current professor at Abilene Christian University.

This interview provides primary source material regarding Abilene Christian University’s campus culture in the late 1990s through the early 2000s.


The ACC/ACU Gender and Sexuality Project preserves firsthand accounts of alumni of Abilene Christian College (later Abilene Christian University), with particular attention to how students, faculty, and staff have experienced issues of gender and sexuality during their time at the institution. The collection began in Fall 2019 as a class project in HIST 340, Historical Perspectives on Gender and Sexualities.