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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program


Laura McEnaney

Laura McEnaneyLaura McEnaney is the Nadine Austin Wood Professor of American History at Whittier College, where she has taught since 1996. She teaches U.S. history, specializing in the post-1945 era, and her teaching interests range from women and gender, to war and urban history, and to twentieth-century social movements. She is the author of Civil Defense Begins at Home: Militarization Meets Everyday Life in the Fifties (2000), and she has published numerous scholarly articles in journals and edited collections. She is currently finishing a manuscript tentatively entitled "World War II's Postwar: A Social and Policy History of Peace, 1944–1953," which explores the social and urban history of America's demobilization from World War II and the whole notion of "postwar" in the twentieth century. Her first article from that project, "Nightmares on Elm Street: Demobilizing in Chicago, 1945–1953," published in the Journal of American History (March 2006), won the OAH Binkley-Stephenson Award. McEnaney has received a grant from National Endowment for the Humanities, a fellowship from Brown University's George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation, and an Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Award in the Humanities from the American Council of Learned Societies. McEnaney received Whittier College's Harry W. Nerhood Teaching Excellence Award in 2007. For over a decade, she has worked with UCLA's National Center for History in the Schools, now its Center X, partnering with southern California teachers to improve the teaching of U.S. history in schools.

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