Amy Rutenberg

Title: Associate Professor
Department: History
Email: arutenbe@iastate.edu
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Role in ISU Advance Program:

As the Equity Advisor for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS), I serve as LAS’s liaison with the ISU ADVANCE program. I also work with the LAS Dean; Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; other college leaders; and faculty and staff to help recruit and retain a diverse faculty, particularly through the training of search committees.

Scholarly Expertise:

I am a historian of the modern United States, with a particular focus on women’s and gender history and the relationship between war and society. I am also a former secondary school teacher and the coordinator of the secondary social studies education program here at ISU.

Research Interests:

My research focuses on the intersections among gender, race, citizenship, and military service. I am particularly interested in the role(s) military service has played in American society, who has served and why, and the meanings of military service, both to individuals and in society writ large. My first book looked at how and why policy makers developed the infamously inequitable system of draft deferments used during the Vietnam War. Although planners wrote regulations and policies to be color blind, their assumptions about different men’s value to Cold War defense led to  middle-class, disproportionately white men being targeted for deferments and working-class, disproportionately men of color being targeted for military service. My current research looks at the role of peace activists in the 1970s and 1980s.

Motivations for Being a Part of ISU Advance:

As a historian, I study the deep roots of structural discrimination in American history. As a teacher-educator, I see the results of this history in the schools where my students teach and the curricula they have learned. As a member of the campus community, I hope to do my part to address these inequities.

Greatest ISU ADVANCE Achievement:

I joined the team in the summer of 2021. I look forward to having more to report soon.