Maria Elena Rivera-Beckstrom

Affiliated Faculty - On Leave
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Maria Elena Rivera-Beckstrom
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Maria Elena has done research and published on Philippine constitutional politics and legal culture. She taught sociology and socio-legal courses at the University of Illinois Springfield, Bowdoin College, Rutgers University and other colleges in New York City and Boston. Her research interests has expanded to include gender equity since joining the Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership as its Research Associate. She currently teaches socio-legal studies at Salem State University.  


  • Department Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Since 2022


A.B., Miriam College (formerly Maryknoll College)
Ph.D., New School for Social