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Babic, Annessa


Annessa Ann Babic is a freelance writer and adjunct professor in New York, New York. She holds a Ph.D. in American History from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (a BA from Kentucky Wesleyan College and an MA from New Mexico State University), and she specializes in women’s studies, American social and cultural history, and transnational studies with a particular emphasis on the modern Middle East and US-Turkish relations. She is the author and co-editor of several books and has produced numerous book chapters, reference entries, book reviews, and journal articles. Her publications deal extensively on nationalism, women’s rights, women’s liberation, Turkish-US relations, transnational feminism, and travel literature. Most recently, she has co-edited an issue of Food and Foodways (co-edited with Tanfer Emin Tunc), and aside from looking at the popular culture venue of food and food products Dr. Babic has also published rather heartedly on the manifestation, evolution, and incorporation of modern culture artifacts into our daily lives. Additionally, she has an active publishing career outside of academia and is a co-chair of the European Association of American Studies Women’s Network Steering Committee.

Ph.D., History, Stony Brook University, 2008
M.A., History, New Mexico State University, 2000
B.A., English and History, Kentucky Wesleyan College, 1998

Recent Courses Taught:
HIS 10 History of the Modern World
HIS 20 American Nation: The Political & Social Development of a People

Research Interests:
women, gender, modern middle east, food studies, cultural theory

Honors, Awards, and Affiliations:
  • Wisconsin Historical Society, Sustainability and Agriculture Grant. 2017.
  • American Public University, Faculty Development Grant. 2017.
  • Oregon State University Residential Scholar Grant: OSU Archives and Special Collections. Corvallis, OR. Summer 2016.
  • Linda and Richard Kerber Travel Grant. Iowa’s Women Archives: University of Iowa. Iowa City, IA. Summer 2016.
  • The Hastings Center Fellow. Research partner under Tanfer Emin Tunc. Garrison, NY. Summer 2015.
  • Moakley Research Travel Grant. Suffolk University: Boston, MA. Summer 2015.
  • Faculty Travel Grant. New York Institute of Technology, 2013, 2015, and 2016.

Select Publications:
  • America’s Changing Icons: Constructing Patriotic Women from World War I to the Present. Fairleigh Dickinson Press, 2018.
  • "Importing and Exporting the Ethnic: Thoughts on American Chinese Cuisine, Globalization, and the Dinner Plate,” in Chop Suey and Sushi from Sea to Shining Sea: Chinese and Japanese Restaurants in the United States. Bruce Makoto Arnold, Tanfer Emin Tunç, and Raymond Douglas Chong. Fayetteville, AK: University of Arkansas Press, 2018: 35-42.
  •  Babic, Annessa Ann and Tanfer Emin Tunc. “War and the American Diet,” special edition. Food and Foodways, 25:2 (2017).
  • “(Re) Imagining the 1950s: The Crux of Board Games, Wonder Woman, and the American Ideal” in Journal of American Studies in Turkey, 46 (Spring 2017): 63-84.
  • “Giving the voiceless a voice: Excavating Women's Histories from the Archives in Turkey and the United States,” in Women’s Studies International Forum, 58 (2016): 51-57
  • “Cultures of Abortion and the Female Fetish: Popular Culture, Abortion, and Political Imagery in post 9-11 America,” Abortion: The Unfinished Revolution. University of Prince Edward Island. 2015
  • (editor) Comics as Literature, Comics as History: Roles of Comic Books in Literature, History, and Art. Fairleigh Dickinson Press, 2013.

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