Meghan O'Donnell

Position title: TA: History 201 with Professor Wandel


Advisor: Mary Lou Roberts

Office: 4272 Mosse Humanities Building
Mailbox: 4045 Mosse Humanities Building
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:00-3:00

Meghan O'Donnell


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.


M.A., History, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2020)
B.A., History and French, Gettysburg College (2018)


  • European History; Gender and Women’s History

MA Title

  • “Venom in the Inkwell”: Punishing Abortion in World War II France

Professional Affiliations

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Alpha Theta

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 120 – Europe and the Modern World, 1815 to the Present (Fall 2019, Spring 2020)
  • History of Science 150 – The Digital Age (Fall 2020)
  • History 201 – The History of Now (Spring 2021)