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Kristen McHenry

Full Time Lecturer

Women's Studies

Curriculum Vitae

508-910-9054

kmchenry@umassd.edu

Liberal Arts 312

Education

2013UMass AmherstPhD

Teaching

  • Introduction to Women's Studies
  • Global Women's Health
  • Women's Health and Environment
  • Feminist Research Methods

Teaching

Courses

Cross-disciplinary debates about health, wellness and health care. The course challenges students to look critically at health care practices and understand the complexities of health policy; understand the impact of culture and historical change on understandings of health, illness and the body; and see how globalizing economies and structures of inequality shape illness, health care, and individual well-being.

Semester-long internship in community-based organization that addresses an aspect of human health and well-being. Work is supervised by on-site sponsor as well as instructor. Students gain and reflect on work experience and prepare themselves for next steps in defining and achieving their career goals.

Culminating seminar in the Public Administration degree program. This course will require students to draw on the program curriculum in developing and producing an applied research project salient to public administration

Analysis of the policy-making processes, including agenda setting, adoption, implementation, and evaluation. These processes will be examined through the lens of major US policy areas such as education, the environment, and crime and justice policy.

How governments at the federal, state and local levels cope with threats to the public's health, such as AIDS, lead poisoning, toxic waste, tuberculosis. We will evaluate the effectiveness of government interventions, identify ethical and political pitfalls of present strategies and assess the prospects for eradicating our most pressing health problems.

Available topics seminar in the field of American politics. Repeatable with change in content.

Investigation of the complex relationship between our environment and women's health and bodies. Theoretical concepts such as environmental justice, environmental racism, cancer prevention, the precautionary principle, and ecological feminism will be examined. Key women's health issues including reproductive health, cancer, asthma and lung disease will be explored in detail. A feminist intersectional analysis of the ways race, class, and gender inform one's experience of environmental harm and degradation will inform our study of women's health issues. In addition we will be exploring various activist and political responses to environmental and women's health issues in the United States.

Topics will be determined by the faculty member and will therefore vary.

Topics will be determined by the faculty member and will therefore vary.

Students earn academic credit by working in area public, private, or non-profit organizations that provide services to women and/or members of the LGBTQ community. Students work under the supervision of a Women's and Gender Studies faculty member and a sponsor at the selected organization. Students are responsible for securing their own placements, and all placements must be approved in advance by the faculty member. Students are required to keep an internship journal and write a final paper based on their experiences, in addition to completing their work hours.

Teaching

Online and Continuing Education Courses

Study of ecofeminism as systems of oppressions based on race, class, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity that stem from a cultural ideology that enables the oppression of nature. The course explores ecofeminist theories, literature, and practice, including ecofeminist ethics, and the applications of ecofeminism to the lives of individual men and women, as well as cultural institutions and organizations. Cross listed as PHL 307.
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Study of ecofeminism as systems of oppressions based on race, class, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity that stem from a cultural ideology that enables the oppression of nature. The course explores ecofeminist theories, literature, and practice, including ecofeminist ethics, and the applications of ecofeminism to the lives of individual men and women, as well as cultural institutions and organizations. Cross listed as PHL 307.
Register for this course.

Research

Research Interests

  • Environmental Health
  • Feminist Science Studies
  • Women's Health
  • Cancer
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