Participant Info

First Name
Katherine Sharp
Last Name
Texas Woman's University
Website URL
Women Airforce Service Pilots, women in military, war and society, World War II, aviation history, veterans, aviation in 1930s, remembering war, Coronavirus Covid19 Journaling, public history, 20th century
Additional Contact Information
Contact via email or message on twitter @katelanddeck. Provide deadline if tight.

Personal Info

About Me

I am an Associate Professor of History at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas specializing in 20th Century United States, particularly the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II, and focusing my scholarship in public history. I have spent the past decade working with documentary filmmakers and media (film, television, radio, newspaper) to share the WASP history and present current events in the context of American history.

My book is The Women With Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, published April 2020 with Crown Publishing.

I’ve enjoyed working with television and documentary films for A&E, the History Channel, and Like a Shot Entertainment (in the UK) on World War II histories (A&E’s documentary on Pearl Harbor, Like a Shot’s show on World War II by Drone as well as more general shows including Abandoned Engineering (

I’ve worked with media (including NPR, the New York Times, USA Today, television networks, etc..) helping develop stories about the WASP. I’ve been script consultant, talking head, and producer for several documentaries including Silver Telly winning and Emmy nominated “Silver Wings, Flying Dreams,” and Emmy award winning “WASP: A Wartime Experiment in WOmanpower.”

I co-chaired the TWU Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship in connection with the OpEd Project. I was featured in NPR Morning Edition’s Gracie Award winning story on the WASP and the timeline I wrote for the story is mentioned in the White House Photographers Association Award of Excellence. I was a part of KERA’s “Nowhere But Texas 2” film about the WASP, “High Hopes,” which won a Texas Emmy and featured in the 2014 Gracie award-winning documentary “We Served Too” which aired on PBS nationwide in November 2013. I have been a part of stories in Al Jazeera America, The Washington Post, CNN, NPR’s All Things Considered, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Nine Network of Australia, TF1 Network of France, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric as well as USA Today, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and the Denver Post.

When working with media or documentary/television crews I try to be well-prepared, helpful, and on-time.

Recent Publications



Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States focus but knowledge of global World War II
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Military, Public History, Women, World War I, World War II