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Choose one of 17 topics to be presented virtually, via zoom, or in-person by one of our world-class historians to your staff, clients or even family and friends. Presentations run for one hour and include a Q&A session with the historian. Two weeks ahead of your presentation date, you’ll receive an email with an introduction to your historian, some suggested reading, and a 10%-off discount code (good for 30 days) for use on our webstore.

To schedule a Historian Headquarters presentation or for additional information, contact us at or call 504-528-1944 x 458.

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African Americans in World War II

This topic will examine the African American experience of segregation before the war and will explain how war provided new opportunities and raised expectations for African Americans. The experiences of African Americans in military training, service and combat as well as civilians on the Home Front will be discussed, setting the stage for postwar desegregation of the military and the civil rights movement.

Women in World War II

This topic will examine the military service experiences of women, how the war changed the roles of women within the American economy and society, and how these experiences initiated the postwar women’s liberation movement.

American Industry and Victory in World War II

This topic will examine the key role American industry and Home Front workers played in the Allied victory. The story of how people and resources were mobilized to create tremendous war production that was then shipped to war fronts around the globe will be told, including specific corporations and personalities such as Higgins, Kaiser, Ford, GM, and many others. 

Popular Culture in World War II

This topic will examine how the war and popular culture intersected in America. The roles of patriotism and propaganda to mobilize the citizenry will be examined with specific examples in movies, radio, music, newspapers, and other media.

Leadership in World War II

This topic will examine key WWII leaders in the American government, military, and private sector, showing how they contributed to American victory through political, military, and economic strategies and decisions taken from boardrooms to the battlefields.

War in the Pacific

This topic will examine the story of America’s great conflict with Imperial Japan, from the shocking opening at Pearl Harbor, through the drama of Midway and the US seizure of the initiative, from island hopping in the Central Pacific to the great land campaign on New Guinea, with the final drive towards Japan on Iwo Jima and Okinawa and the dramatic end to the war with the use of nuclear weapons.

Atomic Bombing of Japan

This topic will examine the race to build the bomb that led to the American Manhattan Project, the major scientific and military challenges faced in building the bomb, and the decision to use the bomb against Japan at the war’s end.

War in Europe

This topic will examine the story of the American military’s major campaigns in Europe against Nazi Germany from 1942–1945, including the Allied strategy through the campaigns in North Africa, Italy, France, and into the German homeland.

D-Day in Normandy

This topic will examine the Allied landings on D-Day in Normandy. The preparations, planning, specific events and highlights of June 6, 1944, will be featured, explaining why this battle was the fight the Allies had to win for victory in World War II.

Battle of the Bulge

This topic will examine the story of the largest battle in the history of the US Army: the Battle of the Bulge, fought from December 1944–January 1945. Focus will be on Axis and Allied battle plans, leaders, key decisions and turning points, and the ultimate results of the battle.

Legacies of World War II

This topic will examine how World War II continues to shape our modern world by considering its legacies regarding politics, genocide, civil rights, economic arrangements, and science and technology.

Oral History at The National World War II Museum

This topic will examine the story of the oral history collection at the museum, from its origins in the late Dr. Stephen Ambrose, through its collecting methods, challenges, highlights, and uses throughout the museum’s exhibits and educational initiatives.

Louisiana in World War II

This topic will examine the story of Louisiana’s special experiences during wartime, ranging from the contributions of Higgins Industries to individual Louisiana soldiers and sailors, civil rights issues, oil and agricultural industries, military training camps and POWs, and much more.

National World War II Museum

This topic will examine the story of The National World War II Museum, including its origins in the Higgins boats built in New Orleans during the war to the Museum’s founding by the late Dr. Stephen Ambrose and through its current expansion and plans for the future.

The American Way of War

This topic will examine American wars from the French and Indian War to today, with a focus on World War II, exploring how America’s citizen-soldiers have fought over the centuries and defining the American Way of War.

Americans in Combat, 1941–1945

This topic will examine the daily lives of American servicemen from all branches during World War II, exploring their origins, outlooks, and experiences in and out of combat. It will be enlivened by oral histories drawn in part from our collections, and will also reveal the challenges the servicemembers faced as they returned home. 

American Airborne

This topic will examine the History of the US Army Airborne and its legacy today.

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Robert Citino, PhD

Robert Citino, PhD, is the Museum's Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian. He is an award-winning military historian and scholar who has published 10 books including The Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Lost War, 1943Death of the Wehrmacht: The German Campaigns of 1942, and The German Way of War: From the Thirty Years' War to the Third Reich, as well as numerous articles covering World War II and 20th-century military history. 
He speaks widely and contributes regularly to general readership magazines such as World War II. Dr. Citino enjoys close ties with the US military establishment, and taught one year at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and two years at the U.S. Army War College.
Selected Articles:
Death in the West: The Battle of the Ruhr Pocket
Liberation and Legacy
Forgotten Fights: Stronghold: Ternopol, March-April 1944


Jason Dawsey, PhD

Jason Dawsey, PhD, is a Research Historian at the Jenny Craig Institute for the Study of War and Democracy, where he researches the service records of WWII veterans and writes their biographies for family members. A native of Columbia, Mississippi, he received his PhD in 2013 from the University of Chicago and has taught at the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. 
Beyond his research on World War II, his interests include the history of the European Left, debates about the impact of technology on modern life, and the history of Holocaust consciousness. Dawsey co-edited (with Günter Bischof and Bernhard Fetz) The Life and Work of Günther Anders: Émigré, Iconoclast, Philosopher, Man of Letters and is the author of “After Hiroshima: Günther Anders and the History of Anti-Nuclear Critique,” in Understanding the Imaginary War: Culture, Thought, and Nuclear Conflict, 1945-1990.
Selected Articles:
The Art of Perseverance: The Story of the Search for First Lieutenant Loren Hintz
Touring with the Wolf Pack Band: Dave Brubeck and World War II
The Italian Resistance and the Ardeatine Caves Massacre
Where Murder Was a Way of Life: The Mauthausen Concentration Camp

Jason Dawsey


Steph Hinnershitz joined the Jenny Craig Institute for the Study of War and Democracy as a Historian in June 2021. Before coming to The National WWII Museum, she held teaching positions at Valdosta State University in Georgia, Cleveland State University in Ohio, and the US Military Academy at West Point. She received her PhD in American History in 2013 from the University of Maryland and specializes in the history of the Home Front during World War II. She has published books and articles on Asian American history, including Race, Religion, and Civil Rights: Asian Students on the West Coast, 1900-1968 and A Different Shade of Justice: Asian American Civil Rights in the South. Her most recent book, Japanese American Incarceration: The Camps and Coerced Labor during World War II, was recently published with the University of Pennsylvania Press. Her research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, West Point, the Social Science Research Council, the Library of Congress, and the US Army Heritage and Education Center, among others.


Jeremy Collins

As a student pursuing his history degree at the University of Missouri, Jeremy Collins joined The National WWII Museum in 2001 as an intern with the Collections & Exhibits Department. In 2008, he moved to the Travel & Conference Department, which saw him scout, lead, or manage tours all over the world including the Philippines, the Mediterranean, England, and Northwest Europe. 
A member of the Jenny Craig Institute for the Study of War and Democracy, Collins also oversees the creation, planning, marketing, and execution of many of the Museum marquee public programs, including book launches, distinguished lectures, symposia, and the Museum’s annual International Conference on World War II.  
Selected Articles:
"Everyone Has a Katrina Story”: 15 Years of Reflection
Private Joseph Pantillion Martínez: Medal of Honor Series
Operation Manna-Chowhound: Deliverance from Above


Kali Martin

Kali Martin earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies and German at the University of Miami and a master’s in military and public history at the University of New Orleans. She began volunteering on the PT-305 restoration project as a graduate student and served as a crewmember aboard the vessel. 
As a Research Historian at the Museum, Martin has created a PT-305 exhibit housed in the vessel’s Lakeshore Landing boathouse, written a guide to conducting research on individual participation in World War II, and participated in various projects in the President Emeritus Office and the Jenny Craig Institute for the Study of War and Democracy.
Selected Articles:
Engage Until Neutralized: USS Texas Battles Battery Hamburg
Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro, US Coast Guard: Medal of Honor Series
Louisiana Spotlight: U-505 and Camp Ruston

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