Heather Stur is assistant professor of U.S. history, specializing in U.S. and the world, gender, culture, the global Cold War, the Vietnam War, and oral history. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 2008, and her book, Beyond Combat: Women and Gender in the Vietnam War Era was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011. Dr. Stur is the author of several articles, including: "In Service and in Protest: Black Women and the Impact of the Vietnam War on American Society," in Soul Soldiers: African Americans and the Vietnam Era; "Perfume and Lipstick in the Boonies: Red Cross SRAO and the Vietnam War," in The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics, and Culture; "Borderless Troubadour: Bob Dylan and the Music of the Cold War World," in Highway 61 Revisited: Bob Dylan from Minnesota to the World; "The Women's Army Corps Goes to Vietnam," in America and the Vietnam War: Re-examining the Culture and History of a Generation; and "Finding Meaning in Manhood After the War: Gender and the Warrior Myth in Springsteen's Vietnam War Songs," in Dancing in the Dark: Bruce Springsteen, Cultural Studies, and the Runaway American Dream. Dr. Stur's current research interests include gender, women, and militarization in a global context; Vietnamese refugees in the aftermath of the Vietnam War; the U.S. South and Vietnam; and U.S. foreign relations in the twentieth century. Dr. Stur is the director of the Vietnam Summer Studies Program, a three-week study abroad trip in which students are immersed in Vietnamese history, politics, and culture. When she is not researching, writing, or teaching, she probably is running a marathon, learning how to play the guitar, or cheering for the Chicago White Sox.
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