Henderson Named Interim Director of Women’s Studies

The College of Liberal Arts has announced the appointment of Dr. Desiree Henderson as Interim Director of the Center for Women’s Studies.

Henderson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, where she specializes in early American literature and women writers. She is the author of Death and Mourning in American Literature, 1790-1870: Reading Grief and Genre (forthcoming from Ashgate Publishing), as well as numerous scholarly articles. She has served on the Women’s Studies Board for the past four years and teaches courses on women’s literature at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is an active participant in the national organization The Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) and co-founded the Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group to foster community and collaboration amongst scholars in the North Texas area. She has presented her scholarship at many conferences, including the Modern Language Association and the Society of Early Americanists, and has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Humanities Center and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Henderson will begin her duties in August.  She replaces Dr. Beth Anne Shelton who has served as director since 1997, and under whose leadership the Center has greatly expanded its scope and programs.  The Center for Women’s Studies at UT Arlington was founded in 1974 and the Women’s Studies Program, offering an academic minor, was created in 1991.  For more information, visit www.uta.edu/womens_studies.

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