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University of Kansas
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U.S. military and society; military and social change; AVF, the draft, Vietnam war, history of dating, sexual revolution, 1960s, 1970s,
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Beth Bailey is Foundation Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas, where she directs the Center for Military, War, and Society Studies. She is currently writing about how the U.S. Army, as an institution, tried to manage what army leaders often called the “problem of race” during the Vietnam era. Her other work includes a history of the creation of the All Volunteer Force, studies of the U.S. military and social change, and (as a separate field) the history of dating and of the sexual revolution in the United States. Her research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the American Council of Learned Societies, and she has been a visiting scholar in Australia, Indonesia, France, and Japan. She is a member of the Society of American Historians, as well as the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, and the Society of Military History, for which she serves on the Board of Trustees.


Recent Publications

In progress:   “The U.S. Army and the Problem of Race, 1965—1985”


“The U.S. Army and “the Problem of Race”:  Afros, Race-Consciousness, and Institutional Logic,” Journal of American History, forthcoming.

Pearl Harbor and the Attacks of December 8, 1941: A Pacific History, co-edited with David Farber, University Press of Kansas, in press (scheduled 2019).


Understanding the U.S. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, co-editor with Richard Immerman, New York University Press, 2015.

America’s Army: Making the All-Volunteer Force, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009, 319 pp.

America in the Seventies, co-editor with David Farber, University Press of Kansas, 2004.

Sex in the Heartland, Harvard University Press, 1999; paperback 2002, 265 pp.

 The First Strange Place: The Alchemy of Race and Sex in World War II Hawaii, co-author David Farber, The Free Press, 1992; paperback, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994, 270 pp.

 From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in 20th Century America, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988; paperback 1989, 181 pp.






Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Military, Sexuality