Academic Historian

Maria L. Quintana is a historian of U.S. and Latin American History with specialization in race and empire, civil rights and labor history, immigration history, and social movements. She is an Assistant Professor in the History Department at Sacramento State University. Her book, Contracting Freedom: Race, Empire, and U.S. Labor Importation Programs, 1942-1964 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2022) interprets U.S. guestworker labor importation and the Mexican Bracero Program through a transborder and global history of labor rights and empire. In the book Professor Quintana investigates these government-sponsored programs as the unexplored consequence of the history of enslaved labor, Japanese American incarceration, the New Deal, the long Civil Rights Movement, and Caribbean de-colonization. In doing so, she advances an interpretation of guestworker programs that moves beyond national borders and U.S.-Mexico relations to understand and underscore their colonial roots and effects. Professor Quintana received her Ph.D. From the University of Washington in 2016, after which she was a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University’s Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration. Her research has received numerous awards, including the Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship from the Institute for Citizens & Scholars.

Gordon McHenry Jr. (1957- )

Image Courtesy of Seattle University Gordon McHenry is a contemporary community leader in Seattle’s non-profit social services institutions. McHenry’s father, Gordon McHenry, was the first in his family to graduate from college and the first African American engineer promoted into management at the Boeing Company.  … Read MoreGordon McHenry Jr. (1957- )

Freeman A. Hrabowski III (1950- )

Influential educational leader Freeman A. Hrabowski III has occupied many roles in his life, as a child civil rights activist in the 1960s, as professor, as university president, as philanthropist, and as consultant.  He was born on August 13, 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama to parents … Read MoreFreeman A. Hrabowski III (1950- )

bell hooks/Gloria Jean Watkins (1952-2021)

Writer, teacher, and cultural critic bell hooks was born Gloria Jean Watkins on September 25, 1952, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, to a working-class family.  Her father, Veodis Watkins, was a janitor for the local post office, and her mother, Rosa Bell Watkins, was a homemaker, raising … Read Morebell hooks/Gloria Jean Watkins (1952-2021)

Ashanti Empire/ Asante Kingdom (18th to late 19th century)

The Ashanti Empire was a pre-colonial West African state that emerged in the 17th century in what is now Ghana.  The Ashanti or Asante were an ethnic subgroup of the Akan-speaking people, and were composed of small chiefdoms. The Ashanti established their state around Kumasi … Read MoreAshanti Empire/ Asante Kingdom (18th to late 19th century)