Katherine Landdeck, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History and Director of Pioneers Oral History Project
Office: CFO 610
Katherine Sharp Landdeck earned her doctorate from the University of Tennessee and is an associate professor of history at TWU. She teaches courses on twentieth-century United States and global war. Some of her classes at both the undergraduate and graduate level include the U.S. in World War II, World at War (a global look at WWII), Between the Wars (from WWI to beginning of WWII), Post-1945 United States, Oral History Methodology, Public History and others. Landdeck runs our robust history internship program that encourages all History and Government students to complete an internship as part of their studies.
Her research focus is in public history. She has been recognized globally for her expertise on the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II, including work with the media and in documentary films. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work as a contributing producer and historian on the film “Silver Wings, Flying Dreams: The Complete Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots.” Her other documentary film work includes contributing historian in PBS station KERA’s Emmy-winning film “High Hopes” and the Gracie Award-winning film "We Served Too".
Her extensive work with the media includes NPR Morning Edition’s Gracie Award-winning story on the WASP, including her timeline which is mentioned in the White House Photographers Association Award of Excellence. 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, BBC Mundo, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric as well as USA Today, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.
As part of her public history scholarship, she has written for the The Atlantic and The Huffington Post and numerous aviation publications. She was featured in the two-part “Stuff You Missed in History Class” podcast on the Women Airforce Service Pilots, which has had more than 600 thousand downloads thus far. She is the vice president of the Wingtip-to-Wingtip Association and helped design and sponsor the National Trophy Award-winning float “Our Eyes are on the Stars” for the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade. She worked with the OpEd Project’s Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship and was a Guggenheim Fellow at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
With more traditional scholarly work in progress, Landdeck is co-author of the forthcoming memoir of WASP Dora Dougherty Strother McKeowan. She is revising her manuscript Against Prevailing Winds, a group biography of the women of the WASP. Her work is a part of a reader on Texas during World War II under consideration by Texas A&M University Press. She has begun research on her next project, the first generation of women to fly as military pilots after the WASP; those women military aviators of 1973-1993.`