Associate Professor of History
Director of Pioneers Oral History Project
Co-Chair TWU Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship Program
Office: CFO #610
Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Pioneers Oral History Project, joined the TWU Department of History and Government in the fall of 2002. She earned her B.A. in History and Political Science at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Tennessee. Landdeck was a Guggenheim Fellow at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in 2000. She directs the history internships and teaches American History survey courses as well as upper-level and graduate courses on U.S. Between the Wars, World War II, The World at War, Post-1945 U.S., Oral History Methodology, and other topics in twentieth century America. Along with Interim Department Chair Dr. Barbara Presnall, Landdeck co-chairs the TWU Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship. Her primary topic of interest is the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASP, of World War II. She was featured in NPR Morning Edition’s Gracie Award winning story on the WASP and her timeline for the story is mentioned in the White House Photographers Association Award of Excellence. She was a part of KERA’s “Nowhere But Texas 2” film about the WASP, “High Hopes,” which won a Texas Emmy. She was recently featured in the 2014 Gracie award-winning documentary "We Served Too" which aired on PBS nationwide in November 2013. Her expertise on the WASP has been recognized by Al Jazeera America, The Washington Post, CNN, NPR's All Things Considered, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Nine Network of Australia, TF1 Network of France, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric as well as USA Today, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and the Denver Post. She has written for the The Atlantic and The Huffington Post and numerous aviation publications. She is working as co-author to publish WASP Dora Dougherty Strother McKeowan’s memoir. Landdeck is also completing her own manuscript, Against Prevailing Winds, which follows the WASP from the 1920s to the present. She has begun to research her next book about the women who became military pilots after the WASP, in the 1970s and 1980s. And as part of her work in public history, she helped sponsor and design the National Award winning float, “Our Eyes Are On The Stars,” in the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade.
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