Janet Ward


Faculty Director, OU Humanities Forum


Janet Ward, Professor of History and the inaugural Faculty Director of the Humanities Forum at the University of Oklahoma, is an interdisciplinary scholar of urban studies, visual culture, and European cultural history. An affiliate faculty member in both Judaic & Israel Studies and International & Area Studies, she teaches courses on urban modernity, global borders, memory studies, World War II, the Holocaust, and comparative genocide studies. A recipient of grants from e.g., the ACLS, DAAD, Getty Research Institute, and NEH, she is currently serving as a council member of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, and as a member of the Public Humanities working group for the 2017 conference of the Consortium of Humanities Centers & Institutes. She is the author of Post-Wall Berlin: Borders, Space and Identity (2011), and is co-editor of Social Science Quarterly 97.1 (March 2016) on “Terror, Trauma, Memory," a special issue dedicated to the Oklahoma City bombing. She has also co-edited two recent volumes, Transnationalism and the German City (2014), and Walls, Borders, Boundaries: Spatial and Cultural Practices in Europe (2012). Janet Ward's previous publications include the book Weimar Surfaces: Urban Visual Culture in 1920s Germany, and the co-edited essay collections German Studies in the Post-Holocaust Age: The Politics of Memory, Identity, and Ethnicity, and Agonistics: Arenas of Creative Contest. She has published over two dozen articles and essays in e.g., History and Technology, German Studies Review, New German Critique, and the Journal of Visual Culture. She is writing a book, Sites of Holocaust Memory, for Bloomsbury Academic. Professor Ward received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.