William and Mary

M. Michaele Smith

Ph.D. | 19th and 20th Century U.S. History, Women’s Studies, Gender & Sexuality, War & Society, and the American West

Email : [[e|mmsmith]]

Current Research

Michaele is currently doing research for her dissertation “You Can’t Say ‘No’ to a Soldier”:Sexual Violence in the United States during WWII


M.A. History, University of Utah, May 2008
B.A. History, University of Utah, December 2005

Courses Taught

Spring 2011 TF for Introduction to Women’s Studies
Fall 2009 TA for Cinema and the Modernization of U.S. Culture
Fall 2008 TA for Sexuality in America


Upcoming articles, ‘Women and WWII’ and ‘Victory Gardens’ for the Encyclopedia of Women in American Military History.

“Gay Community and Family in Postwar America,” Journal of Undergraduate Research Abstracts, Spring 2006.


“What If It Were Your Daughter?: Controversial Marriages and the Media” at the College of William and Mary’s Graduate Research Symposium March 2010

“’You Can’t Say ‘No’ to a Soldier’; Sexual Violence and Masculinity in the American West during WWII,” at the Western Historical Association Conference in October 2008.

“Utah Native American Digital Archive” at the Mountain Plains Library Association and Utah Library Association Conference in May 2008

“’I’m Doin’ It For Defense”: Women’s Patriotism and Sexual Violence, Stateside during WWII,” at the Southwestern Historical Association Conference in March 2008.

“Women’s Patriotism in Popular Culture during WWII,” at the Art of Gender in Every Day Life Conference at Idaho State University in March 2008.

“Rape and Masculinity in Utah during WWII,” at the 2007 Utah Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference


Graduate Assistant, University of Utah’s American West Center, Fall and Spring 2007 and 2008 working on creating a Utah American Indian Digital Archives.

Archival Assistant at Salt Lake County Archives, Spring and Summer 2008.

Research Assistant, University Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Spring and Summer 2005.