Hafeeza Anchrum

Postdoctoral Fellow
3401 Walnut Street, Suite 331A


Hafeeza’s program of research uses nursing as an analytic framework to examine the intersection of race, gender and American healthcare from the late 19th century to the present. Her current project, which is based on her dissertation, focuses on hospital desegregation from the viewpoint of nurses who trained and worked at Philadelphia’s Black-run Mercy Douglass Hospital School of Nursing from 1948 to 1960.

As a PRSS Postdoctoral Fellow, Hafeeza is working with Professor Dorothy Roberts on the Penn Medicine and the Afterlives of Slavery Project (PMAS), with the goal of disseminating the project’s findings and proposals to the Penn community and the broader public. Hafeeza is also looking into the ties between Penn's Hospital Nurse Training School and Medical School, the potential transmission of race-based medical knowledge in nursing education, and the implications for current nursing practice.

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. Hafeeza is an advanced practice registered nurse who specializes in surgical and perioperative nursing and nursing education. She holds a PhD in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, a MS from New York University, and a BSN 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”