Irene Guenther

Irene Guenther received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in modern European cultural history. While on the faculty of Marquette University she received the 2009 Way Klingler Award, a university-wide award for research and teaching. Before moving to Wisconsin from Texas, she taught at the University of Houston, Houston Community College, Rice University and is the recipient of five “teaching excellence” awards. She has published numerous articles and essays on the fashion industry in Nazi Germany, the plight of French and German cultural emigrés during World War II, and the Emergency Rescue Committee that helped rescue cultural luminaries from Nazi-occupied Europe. Her book, Nazi Chic: Fashioning Women in the Third Reich, won the Costume Society of America’s Millia Davenport Award for “the best fashion history book” of 2005, as well as the Sierra Prize, given by the Association of Women Historians, for the best history book written by a female historian. Dr. Guenther currently teaches in the honors program at the University of Houston.