Sara Diaz

Independent Historian

Sara Diaz holds a B.A. in chemistry and Spanish language and literature from Whitman College. She worked for several years in the biotechnology industry as an engineer before pursuing her graduate studies at the University of Washington.  In 2007, she earned her M.A. in the history of science and twentieth-century U.S. history.  Diaz is holds a Bank of America Endowed Minority Fellowship through the UW Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Women Studies. In her research Diaz examines the strategies and struggles women scientists of color. Her interests include scientists of color, science education; and the social study of the institution of science with respect to race, gender, sexuality, and power.  Diaz is a member of the Diversity Committee of the Student Section of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4s) and serves as the Graduate and Professional Student Senate representative to the Faculty Council on Multicultural Affairs. She is also a participant in the University of Washington Science Studies Network and the Sloan Social Science Research Group.

Marguerite Thomas Williams (1895-1991?)

Marguerite Thomas Williams, born in 1895, was the first African American (male or female) to earn a Ph.D. in geology.  Like Roger Arliner Young, Williams was mentored by African American biologist Ernest Everett Just. Williams earned her bachelor’s degree in geology from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1923.  Just considered … Read MoreMarguerite Thomas Williams (1895-1991?)

Susan Smith McKinney Steward (1847-1918)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Dr. Susan Smith McKinney Steward was the first African American woman to earn a medical doctorate (M.D.) in New York State and the third in the United States.  Susan Smith was born to elite Brooklyn parents, Ann Springstead and Sylvanus Smith.  … Read MoreSusan Smith McKinney Steward (1847-1918)

Halle Tanner Dillon Johnson (1864–1901)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Dr. Halle Tanner Dillon Johnson was the first female physician to pass the Alabama state medical examination and was the first woman physician at Tuskegee Institute.  She was the eldest of nine children born to African Methodist Episcopal bishop Benjamin Tucker … Read MoreHalle Tanner Dillon Johnson (1864–1901)

Roger Arliner Young (1889-1964)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Roger Arliner Young, born in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania in 1889, was the first black woman to earn a Ph.D. in zoology and to conduct research at the prestigious Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  Young conducted research on the anatomy of … Read MoreRoger Arliner Young (1889-1964)