World War I

"Spirit of the American Doughboy" World War I memorial, Wheeling, West Virginia. Courtesy West Virginia Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

Mark the anniversary of the Great War and its lasting impacts on American life and culture by hosting an OAH Distinguished Lecturer.

For further reading

"Interchange: World War I," including comments from OAH Distinguished Lecturers Chris Capozzola, Jennifer D. Keene, and Chad Williams, Journal of American History, September 2015

"Why World War I Matters in American History" by OAH Distinguished Lecturer Jennifer D. Keene, The American Historian, February 2015. "Challenging old paradigms, the new scholarship underscores how the war permanently transformed individuals, social movements, politics, foreign policy, culture, and the military." Keene writes. "The historical scholarship connects the war to key issues in twentieth-century American history: the rise of the United States as a world power, the success of social justice movements, and the growth of federal power. Collectively, historians of the war make a compelling case for why the war matters in American history."


Mustafa Aksakal

Mustafa Aksakal
Georgetown University

Eric Arnesen

Eric Arnesen
George Washington University

Annette Atkins

Annette Atkins
Saint John's University and the College of Saint Benedict (Emeritus)

Matthew L. Basso

Matthew L. Basso
University of Utah

Katherine Benton-Cohen

Katherine Benton-Cohen
Georgetown University

Christopher Capozzola

Christopher Capozzola
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 Has Video Presentation

Mary L. Dudziak

Mary L. Dudziak
Emory University
 Has Video Presentation

Lynn Dumenil

Lynn Dumenil
Occidental College (Emeritus)

Candace Falk

Candace Falk
Emma Goldman Papers, University of California, Berkeley

Ernest Freeberg

Ernest Freeberg
University of Tennessee

David Greenberg

David Greenberg
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Andrew J. Huebner

Andrew J. Huebner
University of Alabama

Julia F. Irwin

Julia F. Irwin
University of South Florida

Walter D. Kamphoefner

Walter D. Kamphoefner
Texas A&M University
 Has Video Presentation

Michael Kazin

Michael Kazin
Georgetown University
 Has Video Presentation

Jennifer Keene

Jennifer Keene
Chapman University
 Has Video Presentation

Ross A. Kennedy

Ross A. Kennedy
Illinois State University

Adriane Lentz-Smith

Adriane Lentz-Smith
Duke University

Julia Ott

Julia Ott
New School for Social Research

Andrew Preston

Andrew Preston
Cambridge University

Chad Williams

Chad Williams
Brandeis University
 Has Video Presentation