Faculty at the School of Arts and Humanities
Anne Gray Fischer
Areas of Specialization: U.S. women's history, police and prisons, political and social movements, urban history
Office: JO 5.610
Office Hours: Tuesday: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. and by appointment
Mail Station: JO 31
Email: [email protected]
I teach U.S. women's history at UT Dallas. My work is driven by two guiding questions: How have histories of the past created the contemporary world we live in? And what lessons can we learn from history to build a future with less violence and more justice? By thinking and caring deeply about our shared past, we become empowered to make sense of our everyday lives and chart a path toward our unwritten future. History, for me, is our north star: through history we can learn how to navigate the stormy waters that surround us.
I am drawn to histories that are hidden in plain sight and histories that are made by those who have been forgotten, erased, or ignored: women of color; queer, trans, and gender-nonconforming people; and poor people. Right now, I am working at the intersection of gender, race, and law enforcement. When we talk about race and police power in the United States, the conversation usually revolves around Black men. But Black women—both as targets and protesters of police—have been central to the modern history of law enforcement in the urban U.S.
In my classroom, I hope to kindle a sense of the excitement and relevance of historical work. I encourage students to seek out hidden histories and to ask how they connect to contemporary events and conditions. Practicing historical curiosity does not just enrich our everyday lives; students will also develop a toolkit of critical methods of inquiry and communication that is readily transferable from the classroom to their future careers.
I am committed to engaged mentorship. I strive to cultivate a sense of institutional and intellectual belonging so that students feel empowered to claim their identities as both responsible scholars of the present and engaged historical actors of the future. You are always welcome to visit me during office hours, or email me to make an appointment.
My dissertation was awarded the Marie J. Langlois Dissertation Prize from the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University. An essay I wrote received the Louis Pelzer Memorial Award from the Organization of American Historians and appeared in the March 2019 issue of the Journal of American History. My book is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press in the “Justice, Power, and Politics” series.
I'm originally from Los Angeles. Before joining the faculty at UT Dallas, I received my PhD from Brown University and taught at Indiana University. When I'm not working, I like to walk my dog, get on my yoga mat, and explore my new home in Dallas.
PhD in History, Brown University
MFA in Nonfiction Writing, Emerson College
BA in Slavic Languages and Literature, University of Chicago
Curriculum Vitae: Anne Gray Fischer's CV