Nebraska Authors

Deborah Fink

AKA: Deborah Ruth (Walters) Fink

Born Lincoln, NE (USA)

Deborah Ruth (Walters) Fink is an anthropologist with an interest in the U.S. meatpacking industry and the livelihood of rural farm women. She has written three books about rural Midwestern women, farming life and the meatpacking industry, including Agrarian Women: Wives and Mothers in Rural Nebraska, 1880-1940 (1992), listed in the Center For Great Plains Studies "Great Books of the Great Plains" guide. She has written numerous other book chapters and professional articles. Iowa State University Special Collections and University Archives has a collection of her papers, "RS 21/7/230
Deborah Fink Papers, 1986-2010," with some additional biographical details.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Albion, NE
Ames, IA
Grinnell, IA
Minneapolis, MN

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Anthropology; Women; Great Plains; Meatpacking Industry; Agriculture--Economics; Social Criticism


Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics, 1965, Doane College, Crete, NE
Master of Science Degree in Mathematics, 1967, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Master of Science Degree in Anthrolpology, 1974, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Ph.D. in Anthropology, 1979, Iowa State University, Ames, IA


Independent Scholar and Researcher

Places Worked

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Iowa State University, Ames, IA


Friends Committee on National Legislation in Washington, D.C.


Open Country, Iowa: Rural Women, Tradition and Change. 1986.
Agrarian Women: Wives and Mothers in Rural Nebraska 1880-1940. 1992.
Cutting Into the Meatpacking Line: Workers and Change in the Rural Midwest. 1998.

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