Independent Historian

Maria L. Quintana is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Washington, with primary fields in comparative colonialisms and twentieth-century U.S. history. She received a B.A. in Anthropology and History from the University of California, Davis and a M.A. in History from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.   Maria’s scholarly interests include critical race studies, social movements, and labor studies.  Her dissertation, titled “Be Our Guest-Worker:  Making Meaning Out of Race, Labor, and Empire during the U.S. Emergency Labor Programs, 1942-1964,” investigates the cultural meanings, symbolic practices, and narratives that U.S. state officials and growers, as well as migrant contract workers from Mexico and the Caribbean, constructed about “foreign” agricultural labor in the U.S.  The goal of her project is to demonstrate how concepts such as “soldiers in the field” and “guest-workers,” as well as a language of binational agreements, fair wages, and individual labor contracts, obscured the violently coercive nature of the programs, enabling a re-articulation of earlier forms of U.S. liberal imperial subjugation.

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)