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10 Schaeffer Hall

I earned my B.A. in History at the University of Iowa and, after a few years outside of academia, I was accepted into the graduate program here and began in the fall of 2012.

I completed my M.A. in the Spring (2014) and I wrote my M.A. Essay on the debate over the Selected Training and Service Act of 1940, which was America's first peacetime military conscription act. Taking place in the summer of 1940, this debate over conscripted military service involved discussions about neutrality policies, foreign policy threats, executive powers, national traditions of service, and individual religious liberties.  

My primary field of interest is U.S. in the World: Foreign Policy and Domestic Political Culture. I am particularly interested in intellectual, gender, religious, and legal history with regard to American political culture and foreign policy.

Twitter: @historycolleen

Selected Awards:

Helen K. Fairall Scholarship, University of Iowa (2013).

Stow Persons Prize, University of Iowa (2010).