Dr. Donna Alvah

Professor History Department
Specialty Cold War, Childhood and Youth, Oral History, Peace Studies, Social and Cultural Aspects of US Foreign Relations, US Military

University of California, Davis

University of California, Irvine

Donna Alvah

My current projects are on children and youth in the Cold War.  I'm writing articles on children's and youth's assistance to militaries in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia during the wars there between the 1940s and 1970s, and on adults' responses to children's fears of the prospects of nuclear war.  Also in the works is a book manuscript on children and youth in the Cold War.  My scholarship examines interconnections among cultural history, social history, military history, and foreign relations. I've published a book on U.S. military families abroad during the early Cold War, and essays on wives of U.S. servicemen in the Philippines before World War II and U.S. policy on military families abroad following the Cold War.

My scholarly interests influence the courses I teach on World War II (HIST 200), the Cold War (HIST 246 and 299), the Vietnam War (HIST 325), and the history of American foreign relations from the colonial era to 1900 (HIST 243).  I've taught in the First-Year Program many times.  My most recent first-year spring seminar is A Historical Introduction to Peace Studies  (FRPG 2163/HIST 107/PEAC 102).  I've also taught an FYS on animal welfare and the ethical treatment of animals, and would like to offer a sophomore seminar on this topic.

Among the many things I love about St. Lawrence University are the opportunities for intellectual and personal growth, for going out into the world to teach and learn, and for making the world a better place through our courses as well as what we do beyond the classroom.  I enjoy seeing students progress over the years at SLU, and also love hearing about what they're doing after graduation.

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On sabbatical and leave in academic year 2021-2022.