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JOINED THE DEPARTMENT

2021

BIO

Melissa A. Amateis is a first-year Ph.D. student with research interests in the American Homefront of World War 2, focusing specifically on anti-Semitism, nationalism, and fascism in the Great Plains during the late 1930s and early 1940s. She earned her BA in history at Chadron State College in 1997. Under the direction of Dr. Alan Steinweis, she earned her MA in history from UNL in 2004. Melissa won the Nebraska Book Award in the Nonfiction: Nebraska History category in 2014 for her book, Nebraska POW Camps: A History of WWII Prisoners in the Heartland (The History Press, 2014). Her second nonfiction book, WWII Nebraska, was published by The History Press in 2020. Melissa is also a novelist with her first novel, The Stranger from Berlin, published by Simon & Schuster UK in 2021. She is currently the journals editorial assistant at the Center for Great Plains Studies for Great Plains Quarterly and Great Plains Research.

AWARDS
  • Recipient of 2014 Nebraska Book Award for Nonfiction: Nebraska History Category for Nebraska POW Camps: A History of World War II Prisoners in the Heartland
  • Recipient of 2006 Nebraska State Historical Society’s James T. Seller Award for article in Nebraska History: “Still the Old Marlene: Hollywood at the Fort Robinson Prisoner of War Camp.”
PUBLICATIONS
  • World War II Nebraska. By Melissa Amateis. Charleston: The History Press. October 2020.
  • Nebraska POW Camps: A History of World War II Prisoners in the Heartland. By Melissa Amateis Marsh. Charleston: The History Press, 2014.
  • “The Women’s Angle: Women War Correspondents of World War II.” America in WWII (Feb/March 2017), Vol. 12, No. 5.
  • “Uncle Sam’s Nazi Reform Schools.” America in WWII (April 2016), Vol 11, No. 6.
  • “Fido Goes to War: The War Dogs of World War II.” America in WWII (April 2015), Vol. 10, No. 6.
  • “Enough Food to Feed an Army: How Farmers Kept the GIs Fighting.” America in WWII (October 2013), Vol. 9, No. 3.
  • “Enemies in Our Midst.” America in WWII (April, 2013), Vol. 8, No. 6.
  • “Before Snoopy: Cartoonist Charles Schulz Goes to War.” America in WWII (December 2012), Vol. 8, No. 4.
  • “Artist Under Fire: A GI Paints at the Front.” America in WWII (August 2012), Vol. 8, No. 2.
  • “Government Girl: A Nebraska Teen’s FBI Adventures in D.C.” America in WWII (April 2012), Vol. 7, No. 6.
  • “Still the Old Marlene: Hollywood at the Fort Robinson Prisoner of War Camp.” Nebraska History (Summer/Fall 2005), Vol. 86, Nos. 2 & 3.
DEGREES

M.A. in History, UNL, 2004
B.A. in History, Chadron State College, 1997
M.A. Thesis: “Denazification on the Plains: The Intellectual Diversion Program and the German Prisoner of War Camp at Fort Robinson, Nebraska, 1943-1946”