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Michele Curran

Graduate Assistant

 I am currently a master's student on schedule to graduate in May of 2011.  For my thesis I am using oral histories of World War II steel workers to examine gender perceptions and the relationship between men and women in the communities of Youngstown and Pittsburgh.  As a graduate assistant, I love to learn  new teaching methods, enjoy preparing lectures and getting to know my students.  I find it rewarding to help the progress of students while sharing my passion for history.  I look forward to beginning a PhD program in the Fall of 2011.  My interests include: Transnational and Comparative History, War and Society, Gender, Oral History and Memory, Religion, and Ancient History. 

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Unpublished Research:

"Opportunity Knocks: Training Young Men to Succeed in the Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933-1942."

Thesis in Progress:

"Forging Steel and Identity: Shifting Gender Values of Workers in Youngstown and Pittsburgh Mills, 1938-1946."

Research in Progress:

"The Antonine Plague: Population Decrease and the Decline of the Roman Empire."


Research Areas
  • World War II: Homefront
  • Gender and Race in the Steel Industry
  • Roman History: Antonine Plague
Michele Curran
Department of History