M.A. San Francisco State University, 2000
Office: Clark Hall 404B
Not teaching courses Spring 2020 semester
Office Phone: (408) 924-8978
Serene Williams earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Purdue University and her Masters of Arts in political science from San Francisco State University. For 15 years she has taught a wide variety of political science and history courses. She has a great deal of enthusiasm for teaching future educators how to make teaching government interesting and academically rigorous.
Serene teaches at all high school levels and has written curriculum for many social science and history courses including History Seminar Honors: Women in U.S. History, AP Comparative Government and Advanced Topics in Women’s History & Women’s Religion. She has been a reader for the AP Comparative Government & Politics exam multiple times. Serene enjoys teaching a unique AP U.S. Government & Politics course with a focus on women and politics at Sacred Heart Preparatory (SHP) in Atherton. She frequently presents about teaching political history at scholarly conferences such as the National Women’s Studies Association Conference, National Council for Social Studies and the Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historians. Serene enjoys interdisciplinary teaching and currently teaches a popular course on the political history of the women’s movement in the U.S. with a religious studies teacher at SHP.
Serene is also an independent researcher on the women’s suffrage movement and currently serves as a Bay Area coordinator for the 2020 centennial of the 19th Amendment coordinated by the National Women’s History Alliance. She regularly publishes original profiles of little known suffragists which appear in the Women & Social Movements database. Serene has been accepted into the Wiki Scholars program where she focuses on suffrage history and she frequently edits Wikipedia pages about politics.
She and her two daughters enjoy volunteering with the Girl Scouts of Northern California.