I was born in Corpus Christi on Texas’ Gulf Coast and grew up in San Antonio. Like my fellow Texans I was raised in the tumult of poverty, racism, sexism, and Southern Strategy politics that has defined our state for the last forty years. This background developed an interest in issues of social justice for me from an early age. After graduating from high school I spent several years working, including a stint in manufacturing before attending college at the University of Texas at San Antonio. It was here that several wonderful professors nurtured my growing interest in the field of history.
I graduated in 2007 with a BA in History from UTSA. After graduating I left the Lone Star state to attend graduate school at the University of Washington in Seattle. I received my Masters from the UW History department in 2009 with a focus on 19th and 20th century United States history. I’m currently working on a PhD dissertation which focuses on the role played by public health, particularly tuberculosis control, in shaping the city of Seattle in the Progressive era. My work looks at the intersections of public health, state power, class, race, gender, and business interests and how these interactions determined the right to the city in an era of roiling class conflict.
In addition to academic work I believe in a commitment to public scholarship and teaching. I've developed and taught my own courses on general American history (the 101 survey), post-Reconstruction United States history and most recently a course on the historical memories of the Civil War & Reconstruction. Beyond the classroom and my dissertation research and writing, I contribute pieces for newspapers on issues of race and racism and the politics of work (I also maintain on blog on this website). I believe in using history to illuminate current conflicts and build towards a more socially just future.
Mary Anne Henderson
Doctoral Candidate in History
University of Washington
315 Smith Hall, Box 353560
Seattle, WA 98195