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Beth Lueck

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Beth Lueck is a professor of American Literature and serves as an affiliated faculty member of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.


In 2014, Lueck offered extra-credit to her freshman English class if they participated in a protest against then-governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker. The protest was in response to proposed budget cuts against the university where Lueck taught. Students were to write a paper about their experiences.

Lueck described the event as a “non-partisan rally.” However, she characterizes Walker’s agenda as “attacks on shared governance and faculty.” According to Townhall, Lueck publicly embraces “a proud tradition of Wisconsin progressivism.”

Lueck characterized the budget cuts as threatening to “the reputation of the UW System.” She would later support a vote of no-confidence against University of Wisconsin President Ray Cross for failing to adequately oppose the cuts.

Lueck described the reaction to her assignment as a “right-wing maelstrom of anger.” She speculated that the Republican-led legislature’s easing of gun restrictions in the state would result in someone shooting her on campus.

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