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Janet Ward, Faculty Director, OU Arts & Humanities Forum

Janet Ward OU 2017

Janet Ward, Brammer Presidential Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma, is Vice President and President-Elect of the German Studies Association and the inaugural Faculty Director of the OU Arts & Humanities Forum. 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.

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Anna Reser, Postdoctoral Associate, OU Arts & Humanities Forum

Anna Reser serves as the Postdoctoral Associate at the OU Arts & Humanities Forum. Her research focuses on the history of the American space program in the 20th century and the history of women and gender in science, technology, and medicine. She is the co-founder and co-editor in chief of Lady Science, an independent magazine for women in the history and popular culture of science. 

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