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Office of Scholar Development Staff - Audra Jennings

Dr. Audra Jennings

Dr. Audra Jennings

Assistant Professor & Director of the Office of Scholar Development

Office:  Honors Annex 1
Phone:  270.745.5043


Honors 300: Medicine and Society in Modern America (Spring 2015, Spring 2013, Fall 2010)

Honors 300: Disability in America (Fall 2014)


Audra Jennings is currently working on two book projects. The first, 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. The second project, Rethinking the Disability Rights Movement, which she is writing with historian Felicia Kornbluh, extends the temporal and substantive boundaries of the movement and contextualizes it as part of a larger matrix of movements for social change. Her articles appear in Disability Histories, eds. Susan Burch and Michael Rembis (Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2014), 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 spending time with her dog Scout.

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