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Publications

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“The Inception of the World War II ‘Ike Jacket.’” Military Collector and Historian 43 (Winter 1991): 146–153.
"Review of Improbable Warriors: Women Scientists and the U.S. Navy in World War II by Kathleen Broome Williams." Technology and Culture 44 (2003): 439–440.
“Military Uniforms,” in Dictionary of American History, ed. Stanley Kutler. 3rd ed. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons Reference Books. 2003.
West Point in the Making of America with Barton C. Hacker. Irvington, N.Y.: Hydra, 2002.

Catalog of the West Point in the Making of America exhibition.

"'Compassion Gave Us a Special Superpower': Vietnamese Women Leaders, Reeducation Camps, and the Politics of Family Reunification, 1977-1991" Journal of Women's History, vol. 30, no. 3 (Fall 2018): 107-131.

Abstract: This article traces the history of the Families for Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association (FVPPA), a community organized formed and led by Vietnamese women in Virginia. Founded as a self-help group in 1977 to offer support for women whose male relatives were detained in reeducation camps after the Vietnam War, the FVPPA grew into a national organization boasting more than one thousand members. This article tells the story of how Khuc Minh Tho, president of the FVPPA, and her all-female team spearheaded a campaign to free reeducation camp prisoners and reunite their families. The FVPPA propelled the politically sensitive issue of reeducation camp prisoners onto the national stage by mobilizing community members, lobbying public officials and humanitarian organizations, and politicizing family separation. In showing how Vietnamese women crafted social networks and fashioned their own politial identities, this article considers the important role that Vietnamese women have played as community organizers, diplomats, and political leaders.

"'Assets of War': Strategic Displacements, Population Movements, and the Uses of Refugees during the Vietnam War, 1965-1973" Journal of American Ethnic History, vol. 39, no. 3 (Spring 2020): 75-100.

Abstract: Long before the emigration of thousands of people out of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos at the end of the Vietnam War, the United States and the government of the Republic of Vietnam were confronted with a "refugee problem" in South Vietnam, where more than three million civilians were displaced between 1965 and 1969. This article examines how officials of the United States and the South Vietnam government sought to address the ever-growing crisis of internally displaced people. It analyzes three ways in which the United States and the GVN used the processes of displacement and displaced civilians to gain political advantage by transforming uprooted villagers into "assets of war," to manage displaced populations by creating a classification system, and to engineer population movements for nation-building projects. These different approaches reveal the importance of displacement as a wartime strategy and the role that displaced villagers served as crucial resources of war.

Wallops Station and the Creation of an American Space Program. Washington, D.C.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration History Office, 1997.

This master's thesis explores the social and administrative history of the Wallops Island, V.A. launch facility during the early years of NASA.

“A Different Kind of Chemistry: a History of Tungsten Halogen Lighting.” IEEE Industry Applications Magazine 7 (November–December 2001).

A look at the invention and development of this energy-efficient light source.

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy. assoc. ed. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2001.

A wide range of energy technologies are covered in this 3 volume set. Though primarily devoted to the current state of the technologies, a substantial amount of historical background (including many brief biographical sketches) is included.

Great Inventions: The Light Bulb. assoc. ed. Mankato, Minn.: Capstone Press, 2004.

Written for second-grade students, this book introduces both how light bulbs work and their history.

“Fuel Cells: A Challenging History” Substantia. An International Journal of the History of Chemistry 3, no. 2, supp. 1, “History of Energy Technologies and Lessons for the Future,” ed. Seth C. Rasmussen, (26 November 2019): 83-97.

An overview of the history of fuel cells. The article presents the differing types of cells, and explores why after 180 years they remain outside the mainstream of electrical generation technology.

"Electric Lighting Policy in the Federal Government: 1880-2016." PhD diss., University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2018. Proquest (2116571661).

This interdisciplinary dissertation examines federal policies affecting electric lighting since the 1880s. After an initial introductory phase, lighting policies developed during two distinct periods separated by a time of transition. Recently enacted standards mark the start of a new transition in which policy makers should reconsider how they use lighting to achieve goals.

“From Tallahassee to Timbuktu: Cold War efforts to measure intercontinental distances,” in Historical Studies in the Physical Sciences (2000): 393–415.
“Political Geodesy: the Army, the Air Force, and the World Geodetic System of 1960,” in Annals of Science 59 (2002): 363–389.
Instruments of Science. An Historical Encyclopedia with Robert Bud Deborah Warner, eds., (London and New York, 1998).
"Changing in Place: Public Spaces on the National Mall" companion piece to the exhibition "Extending the Legacy: Planning America's Capital for the 20th Century" (1996).

This brochure, based on an 1875 panoramic photo, provides a brief history of the design of the National Mall.

"The Pharmacy Collections" with Eric W. Jentsch. Caduceus. (Winter 1997, Vol. 13 No. 3, pp.33–42).

A brief history of the pharmacy collections at the Smithsonian Institution.

"The Selden Automobile Patent,” in Icons of Invention: American Patent Models, 1990.

A study of George Selden's 1895 patent on the automobile and the control that he exercised over the early automobile manufacturing industry.

"The Stars Wore Stripes: GIs Entertaining GIs at Fort George G. Meade and Overseas, 1941–1945," Anne Arundel County History Notes, April 1990, July 1990, October 1990, July 1991.

A description of the Special Service Division, the Army's equivalent of the USO. Talented soldiers organized stage
shows, sports activities, canteens, movies, and other morale programs for soldiers near battle fronts.

Home on the Road: The Motor Home in America. Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2000.

A history of recreation vehicles since 1900 with emphasis on self-propelled units and adaptations of motor vehicles. Explores motorists' innovations, furnishings, family vacation travel and domestic life, and early RV manufacturing.

"Stations by Tichy: Modern Architecture for the Pennsylvania Railroad, 1940–1957," Keystone, Autumn 1993.

This article examines small-town railroad stations reinterpreted in a moderne, streamlined style by Lester Tichy,
chief architect for Raymond Loewy.

"Fisher Body Corporation." Encyclopedia of American Business History and Biography. New York: Facts On File, 1988.

A history of the Fisher Brothers and Fisher Body Corporation, an automobile body manufacturing firm that supplied General Motors and helped to popularize the luxurious closed car in the 1920s.

"At Home on the Highway.” American Heritage, December 1985.

A brief history of recreation vehicles, including house cars, tent trailers, and house trailers.

"Three Cheers for Henry Clay: The Construction and Advance Demonstration of the Morse Telegraph at Annapolis Junction," Anne Arundel County History Notes, January 1993.

A day-by-day account of adversity and triumph during construction of the first telegraph line in 1844. Midway between Washington and Baltimore, Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail set up a telegraph station and sent the first practical messages and news bulletins by wire.

"A Presidential Train Wreck,” Maryland Magazine, Summer 1990.

An account of an 1881 collision involving Rutherford B. Hayes and his family.

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