Irene Guenther

Irene Guenther is a history professor in the University of Houston’s Honors College.  Her teaching interests include genocide and human rights, comparative WWII home fronts, cultural politics of the 1920s, and race/racism and the Great Migration.  She has published on the Nazi takeover of the German-Jewish fashion industry; the hotly contested politics of women’s clothing in the post-WWII occupied Germany; Magical Realism from 1920s German art to 1940s Latin American literature; and the anti-war art of the second-generation German Expressionists. Her first book, Nazi ‘Chic’? Fashioning Women in the Third Reich, won the Costume Society of America’s Millia Davenport Award for ‘best fashion history book’ of the year and the Sierra Prize, given by the Western Association of Women Historians. Her newest publication, Postcards from the Trenches: A German Soldier’s Testimony of the Great War will be released by Bloomsbury/London in the fall of 2018.   She has received the Ross Lence Teaching Award in the Humanities (2017), the Honors College Wong Student Engagement Award (2017), the UH Provost’s Teaching Excellence Award (2018), and the UH Honors College Distinguished Service Award for Students (2018).  Her Ph.D. is in History, University of Texas, 2001.