Western Kentucky University

Office of Scholar Development Staff - Audra Jennings

Dr. Audra Jennings

Dr. Audra Jennings


Office:  Honors Annex 1
Phone:  270.745.5043
Email:  audra.jennings@wku.edu


Honors 300: Medicine and Society in Modern America (Fall 2010, Spring 2013)


Audra Jennings' book project, Out of the Horrors of War: The Politics of (Dis)Ability in the Postwar United States (under contract with University of Pennsylvania Press), analyzes the ways in which the U.S. state at mid-century defined citizenship around notions of ablebodiedness by examining the American Federation of the Physically Handicapped, a national, cross-disability social movement organization that emerged during World War II. Her articles appear in The Politics of Veterans Policy: Federal Policies and Veterans in the Modern US, ed. Stephen R. Ortiz (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012) and Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas (November 2007). Jennings is the recipient of the 2013 Disability History Association Outstanding Article Award and the James Madison Prize from the Society for History in the Federal Government for her article "‘An Emblem of Distinction': The Politics of Disability Entitlement, 1940-1950," which appeared in The Politics of Veterans Policy.

About Dr. Jennings

Audra Jennings received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 2008. She began her career at Ohio State University, Newark, where she taught American history and historical methods. In 2009, she joined the WKU Honors College.

At WKU, Dr. Jennings works with students to help them develop strong national scholarship and graduate school applications. Additionally, she teaches Honors seminars that focus on the history of disability, medicine, and modern America. Dr. Jennings received the 2013 Citizens Award from the Student Government Association at WKU for service to the university.

In her free time, she enjoys running and walking her dog Shiloh.

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