Anne Hendershott

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Anne Hendershott
Born Anne Barnhardt
(1949-07-12) July 12, 1949 (age 68)
Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Author, professor, academic
Alma mater Central Connecticut State University
Kent State University
Genre Sociology
Subject Politics, Deviance, Abortion
Notable works The Politics of Abortion, The Politics of Deviance, Status Envy: The Politics of Catholic Higher Education

Anne Hendershott (née Barnhardt; born July 12, 1949, Waterbury, Connecticut[1]) is an American sociologist and author. She is the author of several books, including The Politics of Deviance, The Politics of Abortion, and most recently Status Envy: The Politics of Catholic Higher Education. She has taught at the University of San Diego and at The King's College in New York City. She is currently a professor of Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work at Franciscan University (Steubenville, Ohio).


One of three daughters of George Barnhardt, a college professor, Anne Barnhardt received her B.A. and M.S. degrees from Central Connecticut State University and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Kent State University.[2] A Roman Catholic who has written extensively on abortion and the pro-life movement, she lives in Milford, Connecticut, with her husband, Dana Hendershott. The couple has two children.

As a sociology professor at the University of San Diego, a Catholic university, she contributed opinion articles to the San Diego Union-Tribune.[3][4]

She taught there for 15 years before transferring to The King's College in New York City in 2008.[5] Her articles have appeared in National Review magazine.[6]

She currently teaches at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio since 2011. [7]


Regarding The Politics of Deviance, Patrick Rooney of the New Oxford Review said that, "'Anne Hendershott has a problem — she’s an academic with common sense, which places her at odds with her brethren and with the cultural elite generally."[8]

Discovery Institute fellow Philip Gold reviewed that book for The Washington Times favorably: "Here, the author notes correctly, while some forms of traditional deviance get defined out of existence or redefined as positive goods (homosexuality, for example), other hitherto acceptable activities are now stigmatized (smoking). Significantly, most of the work of defining up and down is now handled, not by traditional sources of authority, but by well-organized and well-funded advocacy groups, aided and encouraged by sensationalistic media, postmodern academics, and re-election-fixated politicians."[9]

For National Review magazine, Carol Iannone called The Politics of Deviance "in the blandly decadent America of the 21st century...welcome and indeed long overdue."[10]

Johannes L. Jacobse gave a positive review, quoting Daniel Patrick Moynihan's speech "Defining Deviancy Down" that "[society] has chosen not to notice behavior that would be otherwise controlled, disapproved, or even punished." Jacobse finds that Moynihan's warning proved true and behaviors once considered deviant are now considered normal.[11]



  1. ^ "Anne B. Hendershott: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". Retrieved 2016-10-22. 
  2. ^ "Anne Hendershott profile". The King's College. Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ Hendershott, Anne (April 7, 2004). "The downside of venerating victims". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved October 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ Hendershott, Anne (November 11, 2004). "There really are two Americas". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved October 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ "King's hires Anne Hendershott to teach new core course". The King's College. 2008. Retrieved October 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Anne Hendershott". National Review. Retrieved October 16, 2011. 
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  8. ^ "Down, Down We Go". New Oxford Review. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  9. ^ Gold, Philip (July 30, 2002). "Still definining deviancy down". The Washington Times. p. A17. 
  10. ^ Iannone, Carol (October 28, 2002), "Standard Deviance", National Review, 44 (20) 
  11. ^ Jacobse, Johannes L. "Book Review: 'The Politics of Deviance', Orthodoxy Today (2002)]; accessed October 23, 2016.