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Maryland Professor Receives NEH Grant to Document American Women’s Experiences of War

Dr. Marian Moser Jones, assistant professor of family science in the University of Maryland School of Public Health, was awarded a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to lead the historical project 100 Years of American Women in Uniform. Through an intensive discussion program, Dr. Moser Jones and colleagues will engage veteran participants in exploring the two conflicts, World War I and the recent Iraq and Afghanistan wars (OIF/OEF), which have bracketed a century of American women’s participation in war.

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[Photo: Dr. Marian Moser Jones]

Dr. Moser Jones will be partnering on the project with Margaret Vining and Dr. Bart Hacker, curators at the Division of Armed Forces History at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington; Ms. Patri O’Gan, project manager in the Division; and Dr. Laura Browder, author of When Janey Comes Marching Home, a book on women OIF/OEF combat veterans. This grant was awarded by the NEH to support the initiative, Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War, which promotes the study and discussion of issues raised by war and military service.

This project was funded as part of the “Dialogues on Experience of War” program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which encourages the involvement of veterans in discussion of their personal experiences of war as well as the experiences of fellow U.S. Veterans. The program will run for four weekend-long sessions, where participants will comparatively discuss women’s war memoirs, view art, media, and design by female veterans, and tour major collections of military artifacts, uniforms, and war memorabilia from female veterans. The Smithsonian National Museum of American History and the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, run by the Women in Military Service for the America Memorial Foundation, are two such places participants will visit. Recruitment will initially occur at the University of Maryland (UMD) to engage some of the 850 student-veterans on campus. The program is open to U.S. veterans of any age or gender.

“It is our hope that veterans who participate in our program will be inspired to see themselves as historical actors and will consider documenting their own experiences as contributions to U.S. military history,” says Dr. Moser Jones.

Dr. Marian Moser Jones is a social historian and ethicist of public health who explores such topics as how and why the American institutional sector has developed to provide for the health and survival needs of families, children, and other vulnerable populations in crisis situations, as well as how it has exercised the power to decide what is best for people’s health and well-being.

Dr. Moser Jones’ peer-reviewed book, The American Red Cross, from Clara Barton to the New Deal, has received widespread acclaim and her lead-authored article, “Poison Politics: A Contentious History of Consumer Protection against Dangerous Household Chemicals in the United States,” received the 2012-2013 Article of the Year award from the American Journal of Public Health. In 2005, Jones published a commissioned monograph for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene entitled Protecting Public Health in New York City: 200 Years of Leadership. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on family health and on the history and practice of the human services in the University of Maryland School of Public Health.