Department of History

Candice Bredbenner, Associate Professor


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • M.A., University of Virginia
  • B.A., Russell Sage College


Academic Interests

My research has focused on the history of citizenship in the United States, with particular emphasis on developments in the 20th century prior to World War II. My current book-length project provides an analysis of interwar public voices and policies aimed at reinvigorating a model of citizenship defined primarily by civic engagement, service, and sacrifice. The decades stretching from World War I to World War II offer a particularly rich site for such a study because they hosted some of the country's most intense debates over the essential elements of national citizenship and the nature of the relationship between the citizen and the state.

Courses Taught

  • HST 105: U. S. History to 1865
  • HST 204: Women in Modern America
  • HST 290: The Practices of History
  • HST 292: Race, Gender, and Citizenship
  • HST 330: Womanhood in America
  • HST 357: The United States from World War I to World War II
  • HST 444/526: Civil Liberties in the U. S.
  • HST 444/526: Unruly Women in the U. S.


Significant Publications

"Searching for the Civic Soul of the University: Higher Education, Citizenship, and the Debate Over Military Training in the Interwar Period," in Richard Marback and Marc Kruman, eds., The Meaning of Citizenship (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, anticipated, Spring 2015)

"A Duty to Defend?: The Evolution of Aliens' Military Obligations to the United States, 1792-1946," Journal of Policy History 24 (Spring 2012) 224-262.

A Nationality of Her Own: Women, Citizenship, and the Politics of Marriage (University of California Press, 1998)