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Publications

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“The World of Camp and Train: The Changing Role of Women in Early Modern Armies” with Barton C. Hacker. In “Sovereign Arms: Armies and Fleets in the World between Lepanto and the French Revolution, 1571–1789,” Rome, 2002.

On the necessary and vital roles women served in supporting the activities of early modern armies.

“From Camp Follower to Lady in Uniform: Women, Social Class and Military Institutions before 1920.” with Barton C. Hacker. Contemporary European History 10 (2001): 353–73.

The relationship between women and military institutions altered radically from the mid 19th century to World War I, because of the changing place in society of both women and the military.

“Volunteers Inspired by Conscription: Uniformed Women in World War I” with Barton C. Hacker. In Total War, Total Defense, 1789–1900, ed. Per Iko, Lars Ericson, and Gunnar Åselius, pp. 346–352. Stockholm: Svenska militärhistorika kommissionen, 2001.

Civilian women in large numbers volunteered for military-related health and welfare services in World War I, donning military-style uniforms as a symbolic claim to full citizenship.

“The Inception of the World War II ‘Ike Jacket.’” Military Collector and Historian 43 (Winter 1991): 146–153.
"'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.

Instruments of Science. An Historical Encyclopedia with Robert Bud Deborah Warner, eds., (London and New York, 1998).
“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.
"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.

"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.

"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.

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

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

"Body by Fisher: The Closed Car Revolution,” Automobile Quarterly>/i>, August 1991.

The article examines the democratization of the closed car in the 1920s and Fisher Body Corporation's role in supplying closed bodies in huge quantities and varied styles. It looks at design changes, manufacturing changes, and aspects of consumer demand that explain the soaring popularity of the closed car.

"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.

“The Controversial Parking Meter,” Antique Automobile, January–February 1997.

A study of curb space, efforts to control it, and effects on central business districts. Cities installed parking meters in the 1930s to relieve congestion and increase revenue; motorists and storekeepers mounted a brief, intense legal battle.

"Planes, Trailers and Automobiles: The Land Yachts of Glenn Curtiss,” Automobile Quarterly, April 1994.

A look at motor vehicle innovations by airplane pioneer Glenn Curtiss, including lightweight car-trailer combinations
that led to the establishment of a recreational house trailer industry.

"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.

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