University of California, Santa Barbara, Bachelor of Arts The University of Louisiana At Lafayette, Master of Arts University of Iowa, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History. Charissa received her Ph.D. from University of Iowa and taught most recently at Spelman College. Her research focuses on the intersections of civil-military relations and race, gender and conflict.
Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Susan Smith. Toxic Exposure: Mustard Gas and the Health Consequences of World War II in the United States (Rutgers University Press, 2017). Nursing History Review 27, no. 1 (2019): 162-164.
Sandra Bolzenius. Glory in Their Spirit: How Four Black Women Took on the Army During World War II (University of Illinois Press, 2018). World War II Magazine (December 2018): 71.
Gregory W. Bush. White Sand Black Beach: Civil Rights, Public Space, and Virginia’s Key (Gainesville and other cities: University Press of Florida, 2016) Journal of Southern History 84, no. 1 (February 2018): 220-221.
“‘Patriotism is Neither Masculine nor Feminine’: Gender and the Work of War,” in Routledge History of Gender, War and the US Military, Kara Dixon Vuic, ed. (Routledge Press, August 2017).
“Does the Sex of the Practitioner Matter? Nursing, Civil Rights, and Discrimination in the Army Nurse Corps, 1947-1952” in Integrating the U.S. Military: African Americans, Women, and Gays Since World War II (Johns Hopkins University Press, April 2017).
Nursing Civil Rights: Gender, Race, and the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, 1939-1969 (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2015). **Winner of the 2017 Lavinia L. Dock Award from the American Association for the History of Nursing