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Terry Anne Scott

Terry Anne Scott

Assistant Professor of History
Phone: 301-696-3269
Office: Rosenstock Hall, Room 104


  • Ph.D., History, University of Chicago
  • M.A., History, Southern Methodist University
  • B.A., Arizona State University


 I am an assistant professor of History.  My research and teaching interests focus largely on African American social and cultural history, urban history, migration, sports and social change, the American South, and the progressive era.  I am particularly interested in the imbricated processes of migration, immigration and the reshaping of cultural practices; lynching; social and political movements; the relationship between African Americans and jurisprudence; and the emergence and reproduction of black misrepresentations in material and popular culture. 

I earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago, where I received a fellowship from the University’s Board of Trustees.  I received a master’s degree with distinction from Southern Methodist University. 

I teach courses on nineteenth century American social and cultural history; African American history; sports, race, and social change; social, cultural, and political movements; and African Americans and the law.

Before arriving at Hood College, I taught at the University of Washington (UW).  At UW, I was nominated for a Distinguished Teaching Award and formally recognized as an Outstanding University of Washington Woman for my teaching and leadership.  I was also the director and founder of the Community Ambassadors Internship, a program that connected student-athletes with local youth who have been in the criminal justice system, or who have been identified as disadvantaged in various ways.  The student-athletes served as mentors to help inspire youth to meet the challenges posed by their schools and environments.  I have established a similar program at Hood College.  During fall semesters, student-athletes at Hood are connected with local youth as mentors.

My current manuscript, Lynching and Leisure:  Race and the Transformation of Mob Violence in Texas,  explores how lynching, once a strictly punitive and largely clandestine form of  political and labor domination, evolved into publicly viewed, well-attended, frequently commercialized exhibitions of racial violence.  I examine why lynching assumed a particular character by the end of the late nineteenth century, one marked by the racialization of mob violence and its transformation from “quiet violence” to acts defined largely by spectacle, consumerism, fanfare, and leisure.

The questions explored in my second manuscript, “In the Interest of Peace, Safety and Welfare:” The Legal and Extra-Legal Struggle for Racial Homogeneity in Dallas, Texas Neighborhoods, 1865-1955, were largely generated by my research for the cemetery project.  In this study, I investigate the genesis and trajectory of city officials and local citizens’ urgency to ensure the reproduction and defense of racial homogeneity in white neighborhoods, and how manifestations of that urgency shifted among traditional modes of segregation, collective social violence and racially contingent urban renewal policies.

I am the editor of the forthcoming anthology, Seattle Sports: Play, Identity, and the Pursuit of Credibility in the Emerald City (University of Arkansas Press, 2018).  Collectively, the topics covered by scholars and sports writers in the book run the breadth of Seattle’s fascinating, at times forgotten or simply dismissed, sports history.  From softball leagues in internment camps to LGBTQ sports leagues, to the intersection of race and professional football, the chapter topics in Seattle Sports explore the Seattle’s highly visible as well as more clandestine and diverse sporting moments.

My latest work is a biography entitled From Bed-Stuy to the Hall of Fame: The Unexpected Life of Lenny Wilkens (Forthcoming, University of Arkansas Press, 2020).  Named one of the top ten coaches and top fifty players in NBA history, Lenny Wilkens is a basketball legend and arguably an American hero.  He has been inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame three times (as a player, a coach, and a coaching member of the 1992 Olympic Dream Team),  yet the full scope of his story has yet to be documented,  until now.  From winning the 1978 NBA Championship as coach of the Seattle SuperSonics to coaching such basketball greats at Michael Jordan and Irvin “Magic” Johnson,  and engaging in civil rights protests,  Wilkens’s life embodies the complexities of athletic engagement on and off the court as it reflects the social and political mores of particular historical moments.



Scott, Terry Anne and David Wiggins, eds., Seattle Sports:  Play, Identity, and the Pursuit of Credibility in the Emerald City, (Forthcoming, University of Arkansas Press, 2018)

Scott, Terry Anne, From Bed-Stuy to the Hall of Fame:  The Unexpected Life of Lenny Wilkens, (Forthcoming, University of Arkansas Press, 2020)

Scott, Terry Anne, Lynching and Leisure:  Race and the Transformation of Mob Violence in Texas (in progress)

Scott, Terry Anne, “In the Interest of Peace, Safety and Welfare”:  The Legal and Extra-Legal Struggle for Racial Homogeneity in Dallas, Texas Neighborhoods, 1865-1955 (in progress)

Book Chapters

Scott, Terry Anne, “Inconceivable Victors:  The 1978-79 Seattle SuperSonics and the Triple Consciousness of Lenny Wilkens” in Seattle Sports:  Play, Identity, and the Pursuit of Credibility in the Emerald City, (Forthcoming, University of Arkansas Press, 2018)

Selected Public History Publications

Schulte (Scott), Terry Anne and Marsha Prior, From Freedmantown to Roseland Homes: A Pioneering Community in Dallas, Texas. The History of Roseland Homes, (Fort Worth: US Army Corps of Engineers, Forth Worth District, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2005).

Schulte (Scott), Terry Anne, “Nigerian Exclusivity: The Emergence of Nigerian Parochial Organizations in the Metroplex,” in Dennis D. Cordell and Jane Lenz Elder, eds., The New Dallas: Immigrants, Community Institutions, and Cultural Diversity (Dallas: The Williams P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University, 2000).

Prior, Marsha and Terry Anne Schulte (Scott), Where Dignity Lives, in Duane Peters et al. eds., Freedman’s Cemetery: A Legacy of a Pioneer Black Community in Dallas, Texas (Austin: Texas Department of Transportation, 2000).