Membership Committee Members


Dr. Heather Green Wooten is Executive Director of the Texas State Historical Association.  A prominent Texas medical historian, Wooten previously served on the faculty of the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB-Galveston) where she taught courses in medical history and medical ethics.   She has authored or co-authored four books related to epidemics and medical care in Texas.  Her first book, The Polio Years in Texas:  Battling a Terrifying Unknown (2010) was a recipient of the TSHA Mary M. Hughes Research Fellowship, the T. R. Fehrenbach Book Award, and the Ottis Lock Endowment awarded by the East Texas Historical Association.  Publications also include Old Red:  Pioneering Medical Education in Texas (2012) for the TSHA Fred Rider Cotten Popular History Series; and Skilled Hands: Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston (2016), co-authored with William Henry Kellar.  Wooten also serves as Project Director for the Handbook of Texas Medicine, the first online encyclopedia in the nation devoted to the history of medicine.  She is an active member of regional and state historical organizations, including service on the TSHA Board of Directors and is a past president of the East Texas Historical Association.  She was elected an ETHA Fellow in 2019.  A native of West Texas, Wooten received her Ph.D. in the Medical Humanities from UTMB-Galveston in 2006.  She currently resides in Kemah with her husband, Kevin and beloved Labrador, Lily.

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Nancy Baker Jones is president of the Ruthe Winegarten Foundation for Texas Women’s History, Austin, which sponsors the Ellen Temple Research Fellowship and the Women in Texas History book series (Texas A&M University Press), for which Jones is a general editor. Its multi-year radio series won the 2012 Outstanding Public History Award from the National Council on Public History. Jones earned the Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Texas at Austin. She and Winegarten wrote Capitol Women: Texas Female Legislators 1923-1999, which won the 2000 Liz Carpenter Award, and with Fane Downs she edited Women & Texas History: Selected Essays. She was research director for The New Handbook of Texas and taught women's history at St. Edward's University. She serves on the Community Advisory Board for the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for the Study of Women and Gender. Her publications include "Ruthe Winegarten" in Writing the Story of Texas; “The Way We Were: Gender and the Woman’s Pavilion, HemisFair ’68,” Southwestern Historical Quarterly (2016); and “Making Texas Our Texas: The Emergence of Texas Women’s History, 1976-1990,” SHQ (2017). She is a Fellow of the TSHA and book review editor for the SHQ. She is currently contributing to the creation of an historical documentary about the woman suffrage movement in Texas for release in 2020.

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