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Katrina Sims

Assistant Professor of History


Degrees

PHD, 2016, Univ Mississippi; MASS, 2007, Florida Agric Mech Univ; BA, 2006, Florida Agric Mech Univ


Bio

Dr. Katrina Rochelle Sims is a historian of race and gender who focuses on African American health care activism. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), her Master of Applied Social Sciences with a specialization in history from FAMU, and her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Mississippi in 2016. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of history at Hofstra University. Her research project, “What One Cannot Accomplish, Many United Can'?: The Health Care Activism of Black Mississippians, 1930s – 1980s uses health care as a lens to analyze the self-determination and empowerment strategies employed by black women as they rejected the indignity that accompanied treatment in segregated and subpar medical facilities, demanded access to modern health care in the Jim Crow South, and implemented their own visions of quality medical care. “What One Cannot Accomplish, Many United Can'? draws on organizational records and state documents to shed light on the ways that black women linked right of access to health care with citizenship prior to the 1960s. Dr. Sims has taught courses on the history of the United States, the interwar period, and the history of African Americans in the United States. Recently, she developed two new courses (HIST 187: Epidemics, Diseases, and the History of Medicine and HUHC: Women’s Health and Reproduction) which fosters a learning environment and engages students beyond the traditional lecture hall structure as students interact with various community groups including Planned Parenthood and the Hispanic Counseling Center to gain interview skills, determine contemporary health care needs of women on Long Island, and serve the community through volunteerism.

Teaching Interests

The History of Healthcare and Medicine, African American History, Women’s History, Southern History, and Gender Studies

Research Interests

United States History (20th century), the History of Healthcare and Medicine, Women’s History, Southern History, Gender Studies, and Organizational Studies.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
AFST 115 (HP) AFRO AMER:1619-1850 Undergraduate
AFST 116 AFRO AMER:1865- PRES Undergraduate
HIST 014F (HP)IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE IN US Undergraduate
HIST 020 (HP) WHY HISTORY MATTERS Undergraduate
HIST 100 DEPT HONORS CANDIDACY: ESSAY Undergraduate
HIST 116 AFRICAN-AMER HIST 1865-PRESENT Undergraduate
HIST 159 (HP,CC) HIST DISEASE & HEALTH Undergraduate
HIST 192 READINGS IN HIST 1 Undergraduate
HUHC 012 (BH) C&E SPR SOCIAL SCIENCES Undergraduate

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