Kara Dixon Vuic

Benjamin W. Schmidt Professor of War, Conflict, and Society in 20th-Century America
Reed Hall 304

k.vuic@tcu.edu | 817-257-4136

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Ph.D., Indiana University (2006)
MA, Indiana University (2001)
BA, Marshall University (1999)

Courses Taught

HIST 30663 War and Society
HIST 40693 American Empire
HIST 40883 War and Memory in American Culture
HIST 40893 War and Gender in American History
HIST 70603 War, Conflict, and Society in 20th-Century America
HIST 70603 The United States in the World Wars
HIST 70603 The Vietnam War

Areas of Focus

War, Gender, and the U.S. military; war and society, 20th century United States social, cultural, and gender history

“The Girls Next Door: American Women and Military Entertainment,” (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2019)

“Officer, Nurse, Woman: The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War,”  Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, 2010

editor, “The Routledge History of Gender, War, and the U.S. Military,” Routledge, New York, NY, 2018

“Gender and the Military,” in At War: Militarism and U.S. Culture in the 20th Century and Beyond, eds. Ed Martini and David Kieran (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2018), 195-216.

“Integrating Women and Planning Military Families since World War II,” in Integrating the U.S. Military: African Americans, Women, and Gays since World War II, eds. Heather M. Stur and Douglas Bristol (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017), 167-197

“Wartime Nursing and Power,” in The Routledge Handbook on the Global History of Nursing, eds. Patricia D’Antonio, Julie Fairman, Jean Whelan (Oxford: Routledge, 2013), 22-34

“Where the Boys Are: Militarization, Sexuality, and Red Cross Donut Dollies,” in Gender and Conflict since 1914: Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, ed. Ana Carden-Coyne, Gender and History Series (Houndmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), 138-53

“‘I’m afraid we’re going to have to just change our ways:’ Marriage, Motherhood, and Pregnancy in the Army Nurse Corps during the Vietnam War,” Signs 32:4 (Summer 2007): 997-1022

Invited lectures: at the National WW I Museum and Memorial, National World War II Museum, Army Nurse Corps Association Convention, Old Red History Museum in Dallas, the Army Heritage and Education Center at Carlisle Barracks, PA, the Anna Julia Cooper Center on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South at Wake Forest University, the USS Silversides Submarine Museum in Muskegon, MI, the Canadian War Museum, and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

Conference presentations: at the Society for Military History, Organization of American Historians, and American Historical Association annual conferences, the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders and Sexualities, and various others

  • Lavinia L. Dock Book Award (2010)
  • Fellow, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (2011-2012)
  • Organization of American Historians
  • American Historical Association
  • Society for Military History
  • Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
  • series editor, “Studies in War, Society, and the Military,” University of Nebraska Press
  • Advisory Board for the Vietnam Women’s Memorial to Eastern National
  • Society for Military History program committee (2016 and 2017)
  • Society for Military History Teaching Committee (2016-present)
  • Advisory Board, Encyclopedia of Military Science (SAGE) (2009-2013)