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First Name
Heather
Last Name
Haley
Affiliation
Auburn University
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Keywords
women's studies, masculinity, race, gender, sexuality, public history, oral history, citizenship studies, military history, labor history
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Heather Haley received a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History and a Master of Arts degree in History with a concentration in Public History from Texas State University. She has a penchant for conducting oral histories including the initial research, interview process, and concluding transcription so that the inclusion of oral history creates a more thorough and personal documentation of historical events. Under the direction of Dr. Ellen Tillman, Heather’s thesis research and analysis of Agent Orange dispersal in Vietnam and Korea—with recent publication in Sound Historian and Federal History—was well-received, in part, due to the inclusion of such narratives.

In her transition from Texas to Alabama, Heather sought to shift her focus from the Vietnam War to studies involving the sociological constructs of memory and identity as they informed the identities of U.S. Navy veterans. Her first research paper on the subject confirmed that this was not the path she intends to take for her dissertation. Heavily influenced by courses taken in women’s history and the socio-economic movements of the 20th century, Heather’s dissertation interests now center on an analysis of the U.S. Navy’s institutional response to domestic social movements, specifically relating to racial desegregation, gender integration, and LGBT inclusion.

Recent Publications

ACADEMIC ARTICLES
“Neptune’s Commandments: Invented Traditions and the Formation of USS Alabama (BB-60) as an Imagined Community,” Graduate Journal of Social Science 14 (forthcoming in early-2019).

“Defoliating Fence and Foxhole: An Unconventional Response to an Irregular Threat Along the Korean DMZ, 1967-1969,” Federal History: Journal of the Society for History in the Federal Government 9 (April 2017).

“Ranch Hands and Orange Clouds: Herbicidal Warfare and Counterinsurgency Doctrine in the Vietnam War,” Sound Historian: Journal of the Texas Oral History Association 17 (2015).

“Defense by Defoliation: The Necessity for Agent Orange in Vietnam,” Small Wars Journal 7, no. 5 (May 2011).

PUBLIC HISTORY ARTICLES
“Bringing History to Life: A Digital Reconstruction of Selma’s Bloody Sunday,” (with Danielle Willkens, Richard Burt, Keith Hébert, Junshan Liu, and David Carter) Auburn Research (Spring 2018).

“‘Convenient in Any Exigency’: The Transcendence of the Medicine Chest from the Professional to the Domestic in the Early Nineteenth Century,” British Naval History (July 2017).

“Philip Skene of Skenesborough: Selected Transcriptions,” The Bulletin of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum 17, No. 1 (2016).

“Practitioners of the Past: Public History at Work in Bandera County,” (with Elizabeth Moeller, Mary Murphy, and Jennifer Ruch) The Social Studies Texan: The Official Publication of the Texas Council for Social Studies (2016).

DIGITAL ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES
“Amiee DuBose,” Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States, Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender, Binghamton University (forthcoming in 2019).

“J. E. Frazier,” Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States, Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender, Binghamton University (forthcoming in 2019).

“John Crowell,” Encyclopedia of Alabama, Alabama Humanities Foundation, Auburn University (June 2017).

BOOK REVIEWS
Military Aviation in the Gulf South: A Photographic History by Vincent P. Caire, The Alabama Review 71, no. 2 (April 2018).

Interpreting Naval History at Museums and Historic Sites by Benjamin J. Hruska, Naval History Book Reviews 76 (June 2017).

The Jim Crow Routine: Everyday Performances of Race, Civil Rights, and Segregation in Mississippi by Stephen A. Berrey, Southern Historian: A Journal of Southern History 38 (Spring 2017).

Black Leaders on Leadership: Conversations with Julian Bond by Phyllis Leffler, Sound Historian: Journal of the Texas Oral History Association 18 (2016).

“We Never Retreat”: Filibustering Expeditions into Spanish Texas, 1812-1822 by Ed Bradley, Texas Books in Review 35, no. 2 (Fall 2015).

Soviet Baby Boomers: An Oral History of Russia’s Cold War Generation by Donald J. Raleigh, Sound Historian: Journal of the Texas Oral History Association 17 (2015)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Military, Museums, Public History, Race, Sexuality, Women, World War II