An expert in the areas of United States history, foreign relations and women's history in the 20th century, Wood will focus her presentation on the experiences of American women during World War II.
"I believe the World War II era fascinates both historians and non-historians because we want to understand how Americans reacted to and lived their lives during a sustained national and international crisis," Wood said. "I was particularly delighted to be asked to talk about the experiences of women during World War II because the war challenged women in many ways, yet it also provided many of them with exciting new opportunities. Understanding women's lives during wartime has been a growing field of historical research for the past two decades."
A Wittenberg faculty member since 1999, Wood holds a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, a master's degree from the University of Richmond and a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia. She teaches courses in U.S. history, U.S. foreign relations, modern world history, women's history and Latin American history at Wittenberg, and she also advises students who are interested in graduate study in history.
Wood, who was elected to the Ohio Academy of History Executive Council in 2007, has been published in various scholarly journals, including Journal of Women's Studies and Diplomatic History. She recently contributed essays to Perspectives on World War I and Perspectives on World War II. Her essay, "Diplomatic Wives: The Politics of Domesticity and 'the Social Game' in the U.S. Foreign Service, 1905-1941," was selected as one of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) one of the 10 best American history essays of 2006.
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Written By: Ryan Maurer
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