Participant Info

First Name
Melissa
Last Name
Amateis
Affiliation
Independent Scholar
Website URL
www.melissaamateis.com
Keywords
World War II American Homefront, World War II POW Camps in America, Nazi Germany, Nebraska During World War II, women, popular culture
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About Me

Nebraska native Melissa Amateis grew up on a farm near Bridgeport, Nebraska. She holds a BA in history from Chadron State College and an MA in history from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Amateis lives in eastern Nebraska and works at the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she is the editorial assistant for two scholarly journals and assists the Center in various other projects. She is a mother to a beautiful adult daughter, three cats, and one rambunctious border collie/lab mix.

An independent scholar, Amateis focuses on the World War II American home front, specifically in the Great Plains. She will be attending UNL in 2021 to begin work on her PhD in history.

MA Thesis:  Denazification on the Plains:  The Intellectual Diversion Program and the German Prisoner of War Camp at Fort Robinson, Nebraska, 1943-1946. Advisor: Dr. Alan Steinweis

Recent Publications

World War II Nebraska. By Melissa Amateis. Charleston: The History Press. October 2020.

Nebraska POW Camps: A History of World War II Prisoners in the Heartland. By Melissa Amateis Marsh. Charleston: The History Press, 2014. Illustrations, notes, index.

“The Women’s Angle: Women War Correspondents of World War II.” America in WWII (Feb/March 2017), Vol. 12, No. 5.

“Uncle Sam’s Nazi Reform Schools.” America in WWII (April 2016), Vol 11, No. 6.

“Fido Goes to War:  The War Dogs of World War II.” America in WWII (April 2015), Vol. 10, No. 6.

“Enough Food to Feed an Army: How Farmers Kept the GIs Fighting.” America in WWII (October 2013), Vol. 9, No. 3.

“Enemies in Our Midst.” America in WWII (April, 2013), Vol. 8, No. 6, pgs. 32-39.

“Before Snoopy: Cartoonist Charles Schulz Goes to War.” America in WWII (December 2012), Vol. 8, No. 4.

“Artist Under Fire: A GI Paints at the Front.” America in WWII (August 2012), Vol. 8, No. 2.

“Government Girl: A Nebraska Teen’s FBI Adventures in D.C.” America in WWII (April 2012), Vol. 7, No. 6.

“Still the Old Marlene: Hollywood at the Fort Robinson Prisoner of War Camp.” Nebraska History (Summer/Fall 2005), Vol. 86, Nos. 2 & 3.

http://www.nebraskahistory.org/publish/publicat/history/full-text/2005-Old_Marlene.pdf

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States of America
Expertise by Geography
Germany, United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Holocaust & Nazi Persecution, Material Culture, Military, Public History, Women, World War II