Hafeeza Anchrum

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Hafeeza Anchrum is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Penn Program on Race, Science and Society, where she co-manages the “Penn Medicine and the Afterlives of Slavery” project with Professor Dorothy Roberts. Anchrum's research program draws on the history of African American nurses to examine broader concerns pertaining to race, gender, and American healthcare from the late 19th century to the present. She is the author of A New Era in the Struggle for Nursing Civil Rights: Mercy-Douglass Hospital School of Nursing (Ph.D. Diss., University of Pennsylvania, 2021), which investigates the fight for racial equality waged by Black nurses in the North using Philadelphia’s Black-run Mercy-Douglass Hospital as a case study. Anchrum is in the process of transforming her dissertation into a book manuscript, as well as researching the connections between Penn’s Hospital Nurse Training School and Medical School. 

Her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the American Nurses Foundation, and the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, and other sources. Anchrum holds a PhD in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Science in Nursing from New York University, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida State University.

Research Interests: 

Black Nursing History, Black Women’s Labor History, Nursing Education, Feminist Oral History, Community Health Activism, and Global Women's Health.

Courses Taught: 

“Race, Gender, Class and the History of American Healthcare”