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 currently serves as the Director of Faculty Development. She co-directs 4Humanities, where she leads a campaign called "Humanities, Plain and Simple. She is a blogger for the Huffington Post, and is constantly writing articles and Op-Eds meant to reach a broader reading audience.
Christine is passionate about 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 join forces, bring new voices to the table and work with diverse communities to expand our thinking and acting and create more exciting and accessible points of entry into higher education. In essence, we need to have genuine conversation, learn from one another, to mutually support one another.
To reframe our national dialogues, Christine is editing a book that seeks to shift our thinking 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 America, 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 to develop an advice book for and, most importantly, by students and young professionals who want to understand why they should pursue a degree in the arts and humanities. Through their voices, Our Future in the Arts and Humanities: Advice from Students and Young Professionals addresses what the next generation needs to know now about where, why and how the arts and humanities can play a foundational and transformative role in their lives and careers.
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 included the NY6 Think Tank, a Mellon-supported initiative that was building a community comprised of educators and students who wished to transform—rethink and rewrite—public conversations on the state of the arts and humanities and included a series of student fellowships.
Calling All Students and Young Professionals:
The Arts and Humanities:
Don't Leave School Without Them
Career Advice for and by Students and Young Professionals.
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 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.
Director of Faculty Development, Union College
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