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Department of History


Wanda A. Hendricks

Title: Distinguished Professor Emerita
Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences


  • B.A. Limestone College
  • M.A. Wake Forest University
  • Ph.D. Purdue University


Wanda A. Hendricks taught undergraduate and graduate history courses on African Americans, African American women and the United States from 1865 to the present.  She retired in 2018 and has enjoyed broadening her research and writing on Black women.  In 2019 she traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to examine the World Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) Archives for her biography of Madie Beatrice Hall Xuma, a southern born Black American woman who became one of the most significant gobal activists of the latter half of the twentieth century.



  • The Life of Madie Hall Xuma: Black Women's Global Activism during Jim Crow and Apartheid (University of Illinois Press, 2022)
  • Fannie Barrier Williams: Crossing The Borders of Region and Race (University of Illinois Press, 2014) - awarded the Letitia Woods Brown Prize.
  • Gender, Race and Politics in the Midwest: Black Club Women in Illinois (Indiana University Press, 1998)


  • Book Series Editor, Women, Gender, and Sexuality in American History Series (formerly Women In American History Series), University of Illinois Press (2013 - present)
  • Senior Editor, Black Women In America: Second Edition. 3 Vols. (Oxford University Press, 2005)


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.