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Irene Guenther

Honors College Faculty


Irene Guenther is a history professor with specializations in modern American and European history. She recieved her doctorate in History from the University of Texas in 2001.  Her teaching interests include genocide and human rights, comparative European home fronts during the Second World War, and US History from the Civil War to the present. She has published on the Nazi takeover of the German-Jewish fashion industry; the hotly contested politics of women’s clothing in the four occupied zones of Germany after World War II; Magical Realism from 1920s German art to 1940s Latin American literature; and the anti-war art of the second-generation German Expressionists. Her first book, Nazi ‘Chic’? Fashioning Women in the Third Reich, won the Costume Society of America’s Millia Davenport Award for ‘best fashion history book’ of the year and the Sierra Prize, given by the Western Association of Women Historians. Her newest publication, Postcards from the Trenches: A German Soldier’s Testimony of the Great War will be released by Bloomsbury/London in the fall of 2018. She has received the Ross Lence Teaching Award, the Wong Student Engagement Award, and the UH Provost’s Teaching Excellence Award.