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Janet Ward, Faculty Director, OU Humanities Forum

Janet Ward OU 2017

Janet Ward, Vice President and President-Elect of the German Studies Association, is Professor of History and the inaugural Faculty Director of the Humanities Forum at the University of Oklahoma. She is an interdisciplinary scholar of urban studies, visual culture, and European cultural history. An affiliate faculty member in both Judaic & Israel Studies and International & Area Studies, she teaches courses on comparative urban modernity, global borders, memory studies, World War II, the Holocaust, and genocide studies. Her current book project, Sites of Holocaust Memory, is forthcoming with Bloomsbury Academic, and she is the author of two other monographs, Post-Wall Berlin: Borders, Space and Identity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and Weimar Surfaces: Urban Visual Culture in 1920s Germany (University of California Press, 2001). She has published thirty-five essays and articles and has coedited four books: Transnationalism and the German City (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Walls, Borders, Boundaries: Spatial and Cultural Practices in Europe (Berghahn Books, 2012), German Studies in the Post-Holocaust Age: The Politics of Memory, Identity, and Ethnicity (University Press of Colorado, 2000), and Agonistics: Arenas of Creative Contest (SUNY Press, 1997). She has also coedited the special issue Terror, Trauma, Memory on the Oklahoma City bombing for the journal Social Science Quarterly (2016). In addition to an ACLS fellowship Janet Ward has received several grants and awards from the DAAD, Fulbright, Getty Research Institute, NEH, Summer Institute for Israel Studies, & the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She recently served as an elected Executive Council member of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. Professor Ward received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Office: Carnegie 202/203


Phone: 405-325-7021


Erik Moore, Postdoctoral Associate, OU Humanities Forum

Erik Moore

Erik Moore serves as the 2018-2019 Postdoctoral Associate at the OU Humanities Forum. He is also a visiting fellow at Temple University’s Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy. Erik was previously a Bullard-Wethington Fellow (2016-17) and a Hudson Family Fellow (2013-16) at the University of Oklahoma where he received his PhD in history in 2018. His research focuses on the influence of human rights in U.S.-Latin American relations in the late twentieth century. Erik’s current project examines how U.S.-based NGOs contested narrow interpretations of human rights in U.S. politics and operationalized human rights as a transnational language of advocacy. NGOs deployed human rights arguments to contest President Ronald Reagan’s policy of supporting the Contras in their guerrilla war against the Sandinista government in Nicaragua. Erik’s work will be published in the December 2018 issue of Diplomacy and Statecraft.

Office: Carnegie 202


Phone: 405-325-2002