Professor of Spanish & Hispanic Studies
Schenectady, NY 12308
Christine's work on
Generation X has been
featured on Ozy.com, ExtraMile, and on
The Washington Post's Leadership List
Christine Henseler earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism / Advertising, a BA and MA in Spanish Literature and Culture from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from Cornell University. At Union College she served as chair of the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, as Associate Director of Academic Programs and as Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
Christine is a constructive and creative problem solver, a person with immense forward-moving energy who enjoys building community in playful, positive, supportive, and constructive ways. She finds new solutions to large and small problems through collaborative brainstorming and direct action. She deeply enjoys supporting students, staff, and faculty in their goals and dreams, and she believes in the long-term effects of building strong partnerships across fields, professions and people to effect visible and sustainable change.
Christine is passionate about developing new organizational structures and reshaping national conversations about the arts and humanities by reaching out, inviting, and learning from colleagues and professionals from all disciplinary backgrounds. She believes that to effect social and cultural change, we need to invite new voices to the table and reach out to more diverse communities to create more exciting and accessible points of entry into higher education. In essence, we need to be open to learn from one another, which is why the $800,000 Mellon initiative she directed was called "Our Shared Humanities."
To reframe current conversation, Christine is editing a book that seeks to shift national conversations about the crisis in the arts and humanities to one that bespeaks of rise and renaissance. In How Extraordinary Partnerships with the Arts and Humanities are Transforming the Way We Think, Work, and Live, writers are encouraged to portrait the “futurists” of our time, thinkers and doers working in the US—individuals, groups, organizations, businesses,especially from fields not traditionally associated with the arts and humanities, like science and mathematics or business and athletics—who are transforming the way we think, live, and work.
In addition, and since most publications in defense of the arts and humanities today are not reaching or speaking to the needs of the next generation of students, Christine is also starting a highly participatory and hybrid book called Arts and Humanities: Don't Leave School Without Them. This scholarly book will contextualize the meaning and value of the arts and humanities through an approachable and fun narrative tone driven by the students themselves. The writing of this book will involve students every step of the way, from the co-authorship of the book itself to the design and visualization of content and data, to a Volunteer Network of students from diverse communities across the nation who will participate in its development through interactive gaming technology powered by TheGoGame.
Christine continues to build The Arts & Humanities in the 21st Century Workplace webpage and to work with current college students to capture new and exciting voices and visions to tell a different story about the arts and humanities. These projects include the "Millennial Challenge Program" generously supported by a strategic planning grant from Union College and the NY6 Think Tank, a Mellon-supported initiative that is building a community comprised of educators and students who wish to transform—rethink and rewrite—public conversations on the state of the arts and humanities.
On a national level, Christine participates in departmental external reviews, she has been invited to speak at various venues and to write for journals and reports. She co-directs 4Humanities, where she leads a program called "Humanities, Plain and Simple. She is an enthusiastic blogger for the Huffington Post, and is in the process of writing more Op-Eds meant to reach a broader reading audience.
FORTHCOMING BOOK PROJECT
NEW INTERVIEW SERIES!
In support of the Extraordinary Partnerships book, Yasmine Van Wilt and I are publishing a new series of interviews in The Huffington Post with extraordinary people who are using their skills and training as artists and humanists to improve their communities, challenge assumptions, and advance our understanding of the human condition. You will find updated links to the interviews here, or on the Series Interview page.
HUFFINGTON POST AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Union College. Professor (2012-present). Associate Professor (2006-2012). Assistant Professor of Spanish & Hispanic Studies (2001-2006).
1999 - 2001
SUNY Fredonia. Assistant Professor of Spanish & Women’s Studies.
Middlebury College. Visiting Assistant Professor. Summer Language Program.
Cornell University. Visiting Assistant Professor.
Chair, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures. Union College.
Director, NY6Think Tank.
Principal Investigator. Mellon Planning Grant. "Our Shared Humanities." Union College
Chair, Humanities Division at Union College
Chair, Spanish Program
Faculty Mentor to the Posse Foundation, Union College
Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS)
Associate Director of Academic Programs