Susan R. Grayzel

Professor of History

University of Mississippi

Susan R. Grayzel is the author of Women’s Identities at War: Gender, Motherhood, and Politics in Britain and France during the First World War (University of North Carolina Press, 1999), which won the British Council Prize from the North American Conference on British Studies in 2000, and Women and the First World War (Longman, 2002), a global history.  2012 saw the publication of two books, the monograph At Home and Under Fire: Air Raids and Culture in Britain from the Great War to the Blitz (Cambridge University Press) and The First World War: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford St. Martins) for the Bedford Series in History and Culture.  In addition, she is the co-editor with Philippa Levine of Gender, Labour, War and Empire: Essays on Modern Britain (Palgrave, 2009).  Her ongoing work on gender, women, and war will feature in several forthcoming volumes commemorating the upcoming 100th anniversary of the First World War.

She is currently engaged in two research projects; the first focuses on the cultural meanings of chemical warfare and the efforts to protect civilian bodies, especially via the invention of the gas mask, in Europe and its overseas colonies from the Hague Conventions (1899) through World War II, with an emphasis on imperial Britain and France.  The second examines gender, citizenship, and the wartime state through an analysis of civil defence in twentieth-century Britain.
She teaches graduate courses on the cultural and social history of modern Europe and its colonies as well as on race, class, and gender, the body, and the world wars.