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Kristen McHenry, PhD

Assistant Professor

Sociology / Anthropology


Health & Society

Curriculum Vitae



Liberal Arts 321


Liberal Arts 312


2013UMass AmherstPhD


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





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.

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.


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.