Dunak, Karen

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Karen Dunak

Professor of History
Advisor for Gender Studies Minor
Arthur G. and Eloise Barnes Cole Chair of American History
116 Cambridge Hall
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Research Interests
- Post-WWII US History
- American Women's History
- Gender & Sexuality in US History
- Social Movements in US History
- Celebrity & Media in US History
- Biography
Ph.D., Indiana University
M.A., Indiana University
B. A., American University

Dr. Dunak is the author of As Long As We Both Shall Love: The White Wedding in Postwar America (New York University Press, 2013) and a contributor to Of The People: A History of the United States (Oxford University Press, Fifth Edition, 2021). Her work has appeared in Gender & History, The Journal of Popular Culture, The OAH Magazine of History, The American Historian, The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture, Public Books, Salon, the Washington Post, and, most recently, the Columbus Dispatch. She recently contributed an essay about Betty Ford’s memoirs to an edited collection about First Ladies and auto-biography, forthcoming from University Press of Kansas. She is writing a book about media responses to and representations of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, forthcoming from New York University Press. She teaches the second half of the US History survey, US Women’s History, and various topics courses on Modern US History. She is co-advisor to the Gender Studies program.

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