Kristen McHenry

faculty

Kristen McHenry, PhD

Assistant Professor

Political Science

Director

Health & Society

Curriculum Vitae

Contact

508-910-4586

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Liberal Arts 321

Contact

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

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Work experience at an elective level supervised for academic credit by a faculty member in an appropriate academic fieldd. Conditions and hours to be arranged. Graded CR/NC. For specific procedures and regulations, see secion of catalog on Other Learning Experiences.

Investigates aspect of human health and well-being, social and cultural determinants of health, and/or population health disparities. Topic to be determined by instructor.

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.

Study under supervisioin of faculty member in an area not otherwise part of the program's course offerings. Conditions and hours to be arranged.

Study under the supervision of a faculty member in an area covered in a regular course not currently being offered. Conditions and hours to be arranged.

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.

Teaching

Online and Continuing Education Courses

Investigates aspect of human health and well-being, social and cultural determinants of health, and/or population health disparities. Topic to be determined by instructor.
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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.
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Topics will be determined by the faculty member and will therefore vary.
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Research

Research interests

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

Professor McHenry's research interests center upon American Politics, with a focus on the politics of health and environment. Her work has paid particular attention to the environmental links to cancer, fracking, and women's health advocacy. She is author of the book The Green Solution to Breast Cancer: A Promise of Prevention (Praeger Press), which conducts an analysis of the politics of US healthcare policy and breast cancer activism. Her work has also appeared in Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society and Energy Research & Social Science. Her upcoming book Don’t Frack Your Mother: Women’s Health and Activism will be published by the University of Washington Press.