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Kevin Henderson

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Political Science



ViiV Point Scholar

Kevin Henderson, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, is a doctoral student in political science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  He is also a student in the Certificate for Feminist Studies at UMass.  Kevin is an expert in contemporary queer, feminist, and critical race theories, in queer and feminist history in the United States, in contemporary research on protest, in archival approaches to the study of political theory, and in the legal and social regulation of sex and intimacy. He will graduate from UMass in Summer 2021 and will be on the academic job market for research and teaching positions in both women, gender, and sexuality studies and political science departments in Fall 2021. Kevin was an outspoken leader for queer students and faculty during his undergraduate career at John Carroll University. After graduating with top honors in 2011, Kevin committed to providing legal assistance to low-income immigrants and refugees at the Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia through a year of full-time, postgraduate volunteer service with Jesuit Volunteer Corps. In 2016, Kevin’s commitment to teaching was recognized with the Pi Sigma Alpha Best Teaching Assistant Award, voted upon by all political science and legal studies majors at UMass-Amherst. Kevin has taught classes on sex, gender, and the law and on the political philosophy of Judith Butler (author of Gender Trouble). His dissertation focuses on queer and feminist theories of difference and sameness.  He is also a proud member of Colectiva Protesta, an interinstitutional research group that studies protest in Latin American through a feminist perspective.

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