Laura McEnaney

Vice President, Teaching Division

Laura McEnaney is professor of history at Whittier College. She has been teaching at Whittier College since 1996, after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison that same year. She teaches a variety of topics in modern U.S. history, including war and society, women and gender, modern American social movements, and, of course, every semester she is rethinking her survey course.  Her new book, Postwar: Waging Peace in Chicago, explores the notion of "postwar" as an important phase of a war's history.  She published previously on nuclear preparedness programs (Civil Defense Begins at Home: Militarization Meets Everyday Life in the Fifties), and on topics related to gender, foreign policy, and the Cold War.  She just completed a three-year appointment as the Associate Dean of Faculty Development, which enabled her to launch Whittier College's first faculty-centered teaching and learning operation.  Her current work is on Project 13, a professional development program aimed at helping college professors improve their teaching of the U.S. history survey.  Project 13 will examine the hand-off from high school social studies to college history, exploring the best practices and support mechanisms for faculty to reflect, experiment, and improve their classroom practice.