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Dr. Holly  Blake
Dr. Holly Blake
Director, WILL* Program
Associate Dean for Outreach Education and Development, Westhampton College
Affiliated Faculty, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Holly Blake is the director of the WILL* program and the associate dean for outreach education and development at the University of Richmond. She has worked with WILL* since 1992 and is dedicated to helping students bridge feminist theory and praxis. She earned her PhD in history from Binghamton University and her research interests include the intersections of gender, race, and class in the mid-nineteenth-century US, utopian socialism, and community-based learning pedagogy. She published “Marie Howland: 19th Century Leader for Women’s Economic Independence” as a special edition of The American Journal of Economics and Sociology in November 2015. Audacious Voices: Profiles in Intersectional Feminism, co-edited with WILL* associate director Melissa Ooten, will be published by She Writes Press in fall 2018. This edited collection features twelve stories written by alums about the power of the WILL* program in their lives during and beyond college.


Keynote speaker for College English Association’s Women’s Connection Reception, Richmond, VA

Building Effective Community Classroom Partnerships, presented at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA

Transformative Activism in the Introductory Women’s Studies Classroom, presented at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA

Building Inclusive Campus Communities: Student Led Activism in Response to Critical Issues, presented at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO

How Do We Teach and Learn Activism? Strategies for Lifelong Social Justice, presented at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA

Bridging Feminist Theory and Practice at the University of Richmond, presented at the Associated Colleges of the South Women and Gender Studies Conference, Rhodes College

National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) Governing Council
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Berkshire Conference of Women Historians
Professional Experience
Staff, SOS Shelter for Battered Women (1991-92)
Volunteer, Planned Parenthood (1990-92)
Intern, Binghamton University Office of the President (1989-90)

Served on the Committee for the Retention of Undergraduates in a Multicultural and Diverse Community,

Institutional Service

WGSS Advisory Board Member

CCE Advisory Board Member

Community Based Learning Fellow

Additional Publications

Blake, Holly, Ooten, Melissa, “Theory and Practice,” Ms Magazine. Spring 2009.

Blake, Holly, Ooten, Melissa, “Bridging the Divide: Connecting History and Activism in the Classroom,” Radical History Review, Fall 2008 (issue 102), pages 63-72.

Blake, Holly, “Marie Howland,” American National Biography, eds. John A. Garraty and Mark C. Cranes, 24 vols. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999).

Ph.D., Binghamton University, New York 2003
U.S. Women's History
M.A., Binghamton University 1987
U.S. Women's History
M.A., Binghamton University 1985
B.A., The College of Wooster, Ohio 1980
Sociology and Spanish
Contact Information
203B Westhampton Center
(804) 289-8472
(804) 287-6061 (Fax)