Independent Historian

Judy Bentley is a retired professor and an independent writer and historian. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1967 and completed a Master’s in the History of American Civilization from New York University with a master’s essay on The Harlem Renaissance. For more than 20 years she taught literature, composition, and Pacific Northwest History at South Seattle College. Her published writings include 15 young adult books, on sociopolitical issues such as health care, refugees, busing, and the nuclear freeze movement and biographies of Harriet Tubman, Thomas Garrett, William Still, and Charles Mitchell, an enslaved boy in Washington Territory. She has also written two guides to hiking and walking historic trails, Hiking Washington’s History and Walking Washington’s History: Ten Cities, both published by the University of Washington Press. She is a past president and long-time board member of the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild.