Elizabeth Clark on Masculinity in a Time of War
Elizabeth Clark has translated her interest in gender identity into academic historical studies—but that doesn’t mean it’s not vital and relevant today.
This Michigan native studied history at Central Michigan University, but it wasn’t until she studied abroad for a year at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow that she fixed her point of passion: World War II norms of British masculinity. With a love of Scotland, it didn’t take Elizabeth long before she decided to enroll in the Master’s program at the Centre for Second World War Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
Today, breathless after the intense research, investigation, and training, she’s less then two months away from graduation. And she’s ready to share what’s she learned to everyone she can, because, she believes, just as gender assumptions shaped the lives of British men during wartime, so do they affect the lives of all of us today. History, after all, is a living animal.
Besides all her other impressive accomplishments, Elizabeth is also my little sister. (I mean, younger sister. She’s 24! She’s not little anymore! Funny how these things sneak up on you.)