Meghan O'Donnell

TA: History 120 with Professor Roberts

meodonnell@wisc.edu

Advisor: Mary Lou Roberts

Office: 4274 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 4045 Mosse Humanities
Phone: 608.265.9480
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:00-3:00

Meghan O'Donnell


Biography

I am primarily interested in the relationship between war, gender, and the various questions about identity that arise both on and off the battlefield when violent conflict erupts between nations. My current research focuses on French women who, during the Second World War, were accused of performing abortions, having one themselves, or otherwise facilitating the practice of abortion and brought before the courts to be fined or imprisoned for committing crimes against the state. I aim to understand how the war – which separated husbands and wives, disrupted family life and gender roles, and threw the survival of the nation itself into question – impacted the persecution of abortionists and their clients in France.

Education

B.A., History and French, Gettysburg College, 2018

Field

  • European History; Gender and Women’s History

Professional Affiliations

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Alpha Theta