Announcements

Fall 2020- UCSB Regent’s Dissertation Fellowship 

Winter/Spring 2021- UCSB Center for Cold War Studies Fellowship, Graduate Student Assistant 

 

Personal Statement:

I am a PhD candidate working with Dr. Salim Yaqub on 20th century U.S. Foreign Relations. I am particularly interested in examining the intersections between foreign policy and popular culture during the World War II and Cold War eras. My work also incorporates themes of race and ethnicity and gender and sexuality. 

My dissertation, tentatively titled “Blowin’ in the Wind: Media, Counterculture, and the American Military in Vietnam,” examines and analyzes the intersections of foreign policy and popular culture by situating the experiences of American soldiers during the Vietnam War alongside the Antiwar, Women’s Rights, Chicano, Asian American, and Black Power countercultural movements of the 1960s and 1970s. It explores the various mediums through which the counterculture reached men and women of diverse racial, ethnic, and class backgrounds serving in Vietnam, and how these movements influenced both soldiers’ attitudes towards the war and their postwar re-assimilation into American society.

Previous projects have explored similar themes. In “Grunt Free Press: The Vietnam War and America’s ‘Crisis of Masculinity,'” I explore the experiences of American soldiers in the Vietnam War through the lens of an underground magazine, Grunt Free Press. The magazine, which circulated between 1968 and 1972, was written and published by American soldiers, for American soldiers. Within the pages of Grunt Free Press, soldiers wrestled with conflicting stereotypes of Asian women, interracial relationships between Vietnamese women and American soldiers, their responsibilities to Amerasian children, and stateside countercultural movements. Among these countercultural movements were the burgeoning feminist movement and antiwar movement, both of which represented a challenge to traditional notions of masculinity. By examining the attitudes of Grunt Free Press towards each of these topics, the paper seeks to understand how American men’s conceptions of masculinity evolved over the course of the war.

I am on fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year. I can be reached at addisonmjensen@ucsb.edu.  

Courses Taught:

Instructor of Record

Summer 2021: History 171D, The United States and the World Since 1945, Session B. 

Summer 2021: Summer Research Academies (SRA), Track 2, “Hindsight’s 2020: Exploring the Tumultuous Year That Changed the World,” Session A.  

Teaching Assistant 

2019-2020 academic year: Lead Teaching Assistant 

Spring 2019: History 17C (Yaqub)

Winter 2019: History 17B (Stephens)

Fall 2018: History 17A (Maar)

Spring 2018: History 17C (Kalman)

Winter 2018: History 17B (Perrone)

Fall 2017: History 17A (Maar)

Spring 2017: History 17C (Yaqub)

Winter 2017: History 17B (Jacobson)

Fall 2016: History 17A (Warkentin)

Awards & Professional Activities:

CSI Grant (2021, Chicano Studies Institute, UC Santa Barbara)

Robert L. Kelley Fellowship (2021, UC Santa Barbara History Associates)

Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant (2021, UC Santa Barbara Graduate Division)

IHC Dissertation Fellow Alternate (2021, UC Santa Barbara, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center) 

Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation Moody Research Grant (2020, Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation)

Center for Cold War Studies and International History Fellowship, Graduate Student Assistant (Winter and Spring 2021, UC Santa Barbara History Department) 

IHC Graduate Collaborative Award (Winter 2020, UC Santa Barbara, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center) 

UCSB Regent’s Dissertation Fellowship (Fall 2020, UC Santa Barbara History Department)

Lead Teaching Assistant (2019-2020, UC Santa Barbara History Department)

Center for Cold War Studies and International History Fellowship, Graduate Student Assistant (Winter and Spring 2020, UC Santa Barbara History Department) 

Program Committee Member, Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association (2018-2021)

Research Travel Grant (Spring 2019, 2020, and 2021, UC Santa Barbara History Department)

UCSB Regent’s Dissertation Fellowship (Fall 2019, UC Santa Barbara History Department)

DeConde/Burns Prize (2019, UC Santa Barbara History Department)

Conference Travel Grant (2018, UC Santa Barbara History Department)

Recruiting Fellowship (2015-2016, UC Santa Barbara History Department)