I’m Julie Hawks, a Ph.D. student at American University in Washington, D.C. I’m a public historian of the 19th and 20th century U.S. My research interests include public history, critical theory, digital humanities, war and peace studies, racism, and popular culture. I am particularly interested in the power and production of history, and the politics of memory, especially as they relate to erasure, silence, and forgetting. Much of my previous research has focused on how Americans remember and commemorate the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

2017 presents hurdles I must clear before crafting my dissertation proposal: 1) completing coursework and 2) reading a massive amount of literature to prepare for comprehensive exams. This blog is a tool to help me complete the second half of these tasks. My goal is to blog each day about a book or article that contributes to the primary and secondary fields I will be tested on: United States History Since 1865 and Public History.

And here we go…

Ph.D., History, American University (projected 2021)
M.A., History (Public History concentration), University North Carolina at Charlotte, 2016
M.A., Religious Studies, University North Carolina at Charlotte, 2013
M.S., Library Science, Simmons College, 2001
B.S., Mathematics, Eastern Connecticut State University, 1988