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Karen Dunak: Academic Profile



 

Muskingum University
Cambridge Hall 116
163 Stormont
New Concord, OH 43762
740.826.8272

kdunak@muskingum.edu

EDUCATION:

Ph.D., History, Indiana University, 2010
Primary and Secondary Fields: U.S.; African and African American Diaspora; Gender Studies
Dissertation: “‘As long as we both shall love’: Individuality, Authority, and the White Wedding in Postwar America”

B.A., History, American University, 2002
Magna Cum Laude, with University Honors in History
Major: History; Minors: Literature, Communications

RESEARCH:

Social and Cultural History (20th Century United States; Women; Gender and Sexuality; Media and Celebrity; Youth and Social Movements)

PUBLICATIONS:

MONOGRAPHS

As Long as Be Both Shall Love: The White Wedding in Postwar America (New York University Press, Spring 2013)

PEER REVIEWED ARTICLES (PUBLISHED)

“Ceremony and Citizenship: African-American Weddings, 1945-1960,” Gender and History, (August 2009)

PEER REVIEWED ARTICLES (ACCEPTED FOR PUBLICATION)

“Teaching the Many Americas of the 1950s,” The OAH Magazine of History (October 2012)

“‘Heed your creed, fall in love and get married’: New Left Ideology and Romantic Relationships,” Journal of American Culture (March 2013)

ESSAYS IN EDITED COLLECTIONS

“Suburbanization and Consumerism, 1945-1985,” in Events That Changed America in the Twentieth Century, ed. John E. Findling and Frank W. Thackeray (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2010)


POPULAR PUBLICATIONS

“Questioning Bridal Boudoir,” on “Talking About Romance,” The Popular Romance Project, May 10, 2012, http://popularromanceproject.org/talking-about-romance/2060/.

“Tied (Down) and True,” on “Talking About Romance,” The Popular Romance Project, July 27, 2012, http://popularromanceproject.org/talking-about-romance/2695/.

BOOK REVIEWS AND ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES

Review, Stormy Weather: New Negro Marriages between the Two World Wars, by Anastasia Curwood, American Historical Review (June 2012)

Entry: “department stores” in The Encyclopedia of Woman and American Popular Culture (New York: Facts on File, forthcoming)

Entries: “weddings,” “adolescence,” “Florence Kelley,” and “New Left” in Encyclopedia of American Women’s History, ed. Hasia R. Diner (New York: Facts on File, forthcoming)

Review, Raising Consumers, by Lisa Jacobson, Indiana Magazine of History (June 2007)

HONORS AND FELLOWSHIPS:

Junior Faculty Research Grant, Ohio Academy of History (2012)

Participant, 2011 Catching Stories Oral History Institute, Ohio Humanities Council and the Rural Life Center at Kenyon College (2011)

Faculty Development Grant, Muskingum University (2011)

Distinguished Teaching Award for Part-Time Faculty, Nominee, Indiana University – Southeast (2009)

Future Faculty Teaching Fellowship, Indiana University (2009-2010)

Travel Grant, Center for Communal Studies, University of Southern Indiana (2009)

McNutt Professorship Fellowship, Indiana University, for dissertation research (2007, 2009)

Lilly Fellowship, Indiana University, for dissertation writing support (2008)

Paul V. McNutt Fellowship, Indiana University, for dissertation research (2008)

Hill Fellowship, Indiana University, for dissertation research (2007)

Moody Grant, Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library (2007)

Margaret Storrs Grierson Travel-to-Collections funds, Smith College (2006)

Wiseman Fellowship, Indiana University, for pre-dissertation research (2006)

Donald F. Carmony Dissertation Fellowship, Indiana University, for pre-dissertation research (2006)

Student Essay Prize, University of Illinois Graduate Symposium on Women’s and Gender History, for best graduate student essay (2006)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:

Managing Editorial Assistant, Journal of American History, Bloomington, IN (2007-2008)

Editorial Assistant for Book Reviews & Illustrations, Journal of American History, Bloomington, IN (2005-2007)

Co-Organizer, Feminism and Pedagogy Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (2006)

Research Assistant to Annette Dunlap, Ph.D. (2006)

Research Assistant to Professor John Bodnar, Indiana University (2004)

INVITED TALKS:

Speaker, "From the Parlor to the Ballroom: The Evolution of American Wedding Traditions," Zanesville Genealogical Society (Zanesville, OH, July 19, 2012)

Guest Lecturer, "Riveting Rosies and Khaki Wackies: Gender & Sexuality in World War II," IDIS290: Introduction to Gender Studies (Muskingum University, New Concord, OH, March 2012)

Speaker, "Politics in Practice: New Left Ideology in Romantic Relationships" (Author Talk, Muskingum University Library, New Concord, OH, October 2011)

Guest Lecturer, "Levittown & Suburbanization," SOC301: American Society: Class and Culture (Muskingum University, New Concord, October 2011)

Speaker, "Only the immediate country was invited': Luci Johnson, the American Public, and the White Wedding" (Indiana University- Southeast, New Albany, IN, November 2009)

Speaker, Department of History "Publishing Workshop" (Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, Feb. 2008)

Speaker, "Introductory Address" (Feminism and Pedagogy Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, September 2006)

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

“The Baby and the Bathwater: Content AND Skill Development in History Education” (2012 Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, April 2012)

 “Honesty, Authenticity, and Romance: Intimate Relationships in 1960s and 1970s America” (2011 Midwest Popular Culture Association and Midwest American Culture Association Conference, Milwaukee, WI, October 2011)

 “‘Only the immediate country was invited’: Luci Johnson, the American Public, and the White Wedding” (Ohio Academy of Historians, Annual Meeting, Granville, OH, April 2011)

“‘Out of the closets and into the chapels!’: Same-Sex Weddings and the Battle for Marriage Equality” (American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Boston, January 2011)

 “Designing and Teaching the U.S. History Survey” (Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Seattle, March 2009)

“Enduring Rite: The White Wedding in Postwar America” (Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, New York City, March 2008)

“Everything Old is New Again: The Wedding in 1970s America” (Paul Lucas Conference on Cultural History, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, March 2008)

“‘The gown marches down the aisle’: African-American Wedding Dress in Post-War America, 1945-1960” (Women and Gender Historians of the Midwest Meeting, Maryville University, St. Louis, MI, June 2006)

“Ceremony as Citizenship: African-American Weddings in Post-World War II America, 1945-1960” (Graduate Symposium on Women’s and Gender History, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, March 2006, Student Essay Prize Winner)

“‘She was some babe’: Representations of Soviet Women in Mainstream American Media, 1933-1948” (Indiana Historical Association Annual Meeting, Hanover College, Hanover, IN, February 2006)

“Reflections of the Left in the Center: Depictions of Soviet Women in Mainstream American Media” (Paul Lucas Conference on Cultural History, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, March 2005)

PANEL COMMENTATOR:

“Bodies, Space, and ‘Spirits’ in Early America” (Paul Lucas Conference on Cultural History, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, March 2009)

“American Perceptions of War” (Paul Lucas Conference on Cultural History, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, March 2007)

COURSES TAUGHT:

1950s America (Indiana University, Summer 2010; Muskingum University, Spring 2011)

1960s America (Associate Instructor, Indiana University, Spring 2009)

The 1960s and American Film (Muskingum University, Fall 2012)

Consumer America (Indiana University, Summer 2006, 2009; Muskingum University, Fall 2011)

Gender and Sexuality in US History (Associate Instructor, Indiana University, Spring 2005; Muskingum University, Spring 2012)

The History of the American Dream (Muskingum University, Fall 2010)

From Ragtime to Rap: Music in Modern America (Course Assistant, Indiana University, Summer 2004)

Senior Readings: Modern U.S. Women’s History (Muskingum University, Fall 2011)

Senior Seminar Research Project (Muskingum University, Spring 2011, 2012)

United States History, 1865-present (Indiana University-Purdue University-Columbus, Summer 2007; Indiana University, Summer 2008; Indiana University- Southeast, Spring 2010)

United States History, 1877-present (Muskingum University, 2010, 2011, 2012)

The Vietnam War (Associate Instructor, Indiana University, 2004)

The World in the 20th Century (Indiana University – Southeast, Fall 2009)

Youth in Modern America (Indiana University – Southeast, Spring 2010; Muskingum University, Fall 2010, 2012)

SERVICE:

Human Relations and Minority Concerns Committee (2011-present) American University Honors Alumni Mentor (2009-present)

PAPERS AND LECTURES:

“‘Out of the closets and into the chapels!’: Same-Sex Weddings and the Battle for Marriage Equality” (American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Boston, January 2011)

Invited Speaker, “‘Only the immediate country was invited’: Luci Johnson, the American Public, and the White Wedding” (Indiana University – Southeast, New Albany, IN, November 2009)

 “Designing and Teaching the U.S. History Survey” (Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Seattle, March 2009)

Commentator for the panel, “Bodies, Space, and ‘Spirits’ in Early America” (Paul Lucas Conference on Cultural History, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, March 2009)

“Enduring Rite: The White Wedding in Postwar America” (Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, New York City, March 2008)

 “Everything Old is New Again: The Wedding in 1970s America” (Paul Lucas Conference on Cultural History, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, March 2008)

Invited speaker for Indiana University, Department of History “Publishing Workshop” (Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, Feb. 2008)

Commentator for the panel, “American Perceptions of War” (Paul Lucas Conference on Cultural History, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, March 2007)

“Introductory Address” (Feminism and Pedagogy Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, September 2006)

“‘The gown marches down the aisle’: African-American Wedding Dress in Post-War America, 1945-1960” (Women and Gender Historians of the Midwest Meeting, Maryville University, St. Louis, MI, June 2006)

“Ceremony as Citizenship: African-American Weddings in Post-World War II America, 1945-1960” (Graduate Symposium on Women’s and Gender History, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, March 2006, Student Essay Prize Winner)

“‘She was some babe’: Representations of Soviet Women in Mainstream American Media, 1933-1948” (Indiana Historical Association Annual Meeting, Hanover College, Hanover, IN, February 2006)

“Reflections of the Left in the Center: Depictions of Soviet Women in Mainstream American Media” (Paul Lucas Conference on Cultural History, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, March 2005)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP:

Organization of American Historians (2005 – present)

American Historical Association (2006 – present)

Ohio Academy of History (2011-present)

Midwest Popular Culture Association (2011-present)