Terry Anne Scott

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Associate Professor of History

Rosenstock Hall, Room 104


Dr. Terry Anne Scott is an associate professor of American history, whose research and teaching interests focus largely on urban history, the intersection of sports and race, African American social and cultural history, and political and social movements. Dr. Scott earned her doctorate in history from the University of Chicago, where she was awarded a fellowship from the University’s Board of Trustees. She received a master’s degree with distinction from Southern Methodist University.

Dr. Scott is currently completing a monograph, entitled Lynching and Leisure: Race and the Transformation of Mob Violence in Texas (under review). She 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 racialized violence. 

Dr. Scott is also the editor of the forthcoming anthology, Seattle Sports: Play, Identity, and the Pursuit of Credibility in the Emerald City(University of Arkansas Press, 2019). Collectively, the topics covered by scholars, sports writers, and others in Seattle Sportsrun the breadth of the relatively young city’s diverse, fascinating, at times forgotten or simply devalued, sports history. 

Her latest work is an authorized 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 10 coaches and top 50 players in NBA history, Lenny Wilkens 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. Best known for winning the 1979 NBA Championship as coach of the Seattle SuperSonics, Wilkens was also a quiet foot soldier in the struggle for racial equality. 

Dr. Scott is heavily involved in community service and social activism. She is the director and founder of the Community Ambassadors Mentor Program, which she originally created while teaching at the University of Washington (UW). The program connects college students, particularly student-athletes, with economically-marginalized, local youth. She has since established the program at Hood College. Additionally, Dr. Scott serves as the “historian on the bus” for Project Pilgrimage, an organization that takes a group of interracial and intergenerational people on a journey twice each year through multiple southern states to explore the history of the modern Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Scott is also a volunteer assistant track coach at a local high school.

Dr. Scott has received numerous awards and recognitions for her teaching and community outreach. For instance, while at UW, she was nominated for a Distinguished Teaching Award and formally recognized as an Outstanding University of Washington Woman for her teaching and leadership. She was inducted into the Hood College Ionic Society, an honor bestowed upon members of the Hood community who demonstrate “Hope, Opportunity, Obligation, Democracy.” Dr. Scott was also the recipient of Mary Ann Kerins Humanitarian Award, and the Martha A. Church Prize, both of which recognize excellence in campus and community involvement.


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

Professional Highlights

Awards and Recognitions

  • McCardell Professional Development Grant, 2018
  • Mary Ann Kerins Humanitarian Award, Hood College, 2018
  • Martha A. Church Prize, Hood College, 2018
  • Hood College Ionic Society, 2017                                                                 
  • Bill & Rita Clements Fellowship for the Study of Southwestern America, Southern Methodist University, 2016 (declined) 
  •  Outstanding University of Washington Woman, 2015
  • Distinguished Teaching Award Nominee, University of Washington, 2014



  • 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, 2019)
  • 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: Lenny Wilkens and the 1978-79 Seattle SuperSonics” in Seattle Sports: Play, Identity, and the Pursuit of Credibility in the Emerald City, (Forthcoming, University of Arkansas Press, 2019)

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).