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Dr. Anne Hendershott, a graduate of Central Connecticut State University, is a Waterbury native and American Sociologist. Quite famous for her work defending the Catholic Church and promoting their teachings, Dr. Hendershott does not shy away from controversy, but through her prolific writing, gives her opinion through scholarly writings on all controversial topics from issues related to deviance in the Sandusky scandal to the politics of abortion.  She is an engaging person with a very interesting story.  Click here to read more.


Dr. Anne Hendershott began our interview by saying that her entire family was devoted to Central Connecticut State University.  Dr. Anne Hendershott’s father, George Barnhardt, was a long-time teacher educator in the School of Technology.  He passed away two years ago at the age of 93. In 1967 she graduated from high school and was not that dedicated to her studies.  She started at CCSU but ended up dropping out to get married to her husband of 39 years, Dana Hendershott, retired from the insurance industry. They have two children, Heidi a professor at Fisher College in Boston, and Jonathan, who graduated from West Point and served in Iraq.  When her daughter was 5 years old, she re-entered CCSU and stated “CCSU made it easy for me.”  She was a nontraditional student who took classes in the evening to complete first a psychology degree in 1977 and then an M. S. in Counseling Psychology in 1978.  As she reflected back on her days at CCSU, she noted, “CCSU is not your typical state school where everybody is kind of lost.”  Instead, she experienced support from key individuals within her two departments. Following her 1978 graduation, she worked for a regional school district for several years as a family counselor.  At that point, her husband’s job required that they move to Ohio and this afforded her the opportunity to attend Kent State, where she earned her Ph. D. in Sociology in 1988.  Her dissertation focused on the effects of residential mobility and adolescent self-concept and depression.  In a sample of 205 sixth, seventh, and eight grade students, she found a relationship between mobility and self-concept and depression, with mediating factors that include social support from family members and close friends (Hendershott, 1988).  In 1988 she became Director of the Center for Social Research at the University of Hartford until 1993.  In 1993, she joined the staff at the University of San Diego, where she was there for the next 15 years, and chair of the Department of Sociology from 1996-2000, and Director of Urban Studies. She left the University of San Diego in 2008 to become a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Affairs for the next five years, and is now embarking on a new phase in her life where she will be starting a center, called the VERITAS Center for Ethics in Public Life at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.  


Dr. Hendershott is currently finishing a book entitled, Renewal: How a New Generation of Priests and Bishops are Revitalizing the Catholic Church.  This examines correlations between bishop characteristics and the number of new priest ordinations in each diocese.  She notes that in dioceses where there is transformative leadership by the Bishop, people are more drawn to the church.  She has identified a number of characteristics in those priests, which include inspiring leadership, courageousness, support and advocacy for priests, etc.  She is also the author of several books, including The Politics of Deviance; The Politics of Abortion; Status Envy and the Politics of Catholic Higher Education.  A frequent contributor to Catholic World Report, Crisis,and other Catholic media outlets, her writings have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, USA Today, the New York Post, theHartford Courant as well as a number of magazines and journals. 


Hendershott, A. B. (1988). Residential mobility, adolescent self concept and depression: An analysis of the relationship. (Order No. 8818551, Kent State University). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, p. 297-297.  Retrieved from http://0-search.proquest.com.www.consuls.org/docview/303702706?accountid=9970. (prod.academic_MSTAR_303702706).

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