Professor Brumbaugh studies the intersections between motherhood, finances, and professional development.
Professor Brumbaugh cross-pollenates. As a senior lecturer in the McKelvey School of Engineering as well as Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, she introduces her Engineering Leadership and Teambuilding students to the ways that gender, race, and intersecting inequalities influence professional development and career opportunities. She is especially attuned to the intersections between motherhood, finances, and professional development, and her Intro to WGSS students experience a variety of readings and podcasts as entry points to develop their own thinking and awareness of the larger family and political systems that influence and shape their personal lives.
Brumbaugh is currently finishing a memoir that is part myth and part mystery: The Phoenix Fire of (This) My Marriage After Two International Adoptions. The frame of her memoir (informed by her early academic work on medieval women visionaries) is the myth of Inanna, ancient Sumerian goddess who was Queen of Heaven, and then came to Earth to experience love and motherhood, and then went to the Underworld to die and return more powerful than ever.
Brumbaugh has developed and taught over 30 different courses at Washington University: in the Department of English, the Olin School of Business, University College, the McKelvey School of Engineering, and WGSS. She is also active in Saint Louis as a personality consultant and an entrepreneur focused on helping professional women develop self-confidence and respect.