20th-century America; war and political culture; gay/lesbian culture
Office: Harris Hall #235
Michael Sherry (Ph.D. Yale, 1975), the Richard W. Leopold Professor of History, is a historian of war, politics, and culture in twentieth century America. For 1998-2001, he also served as Associate Dean of Weinberg College, Northwestern University. His books are Preparing for the Next War: American Plans for Postwar Defense, 1941-45 (1977); The Rise of American Air Power: The Creation of Armageddon (1987), which won the Bancroft Prize in 1988; In the Shadow of War: The United States since the 1930s (1995); and Gay Artists in Modern American Culture: An Imagined Conspiracy (2007). He has contributed frequently to the New York Times Sunday Book Review. Recent essays are in Diplomatic History, Chronicle of Higher Education, Columbia History of the Postwar United States, and Review of International Relations. He is currently embarked on a project entitled Go Directly to Jail: The Punitive Turn in American Life.