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Dr Wendy Toon

Senior Lecturer in American History

Institute of Humanities

Contact Details


tel: 01905 85 5305

Wendy Toon is an historian of the United States of America, specialising in the twentieth century. She is currently writing Images of the Enemy: American Constructions of the Germans and Japanese in World War Two (Routledge, forthcoming 2018).

She is Course Leader for BA History.

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research


Wendy Toon joined the University of Worcester in September 2002. She previously held positions at Staffordshire University and Keele University, and was a Royal Historical Society Fellow (Peter Marshall Fellowship) at the Institute of Historical Research.  Her modules at the University of Worcester include:

Twentieth Century USA, 1917-2001

Modern Japan, 1854-1951

The African American Experience, 1860-1960

The USA and World War Two

Current Research

Wendy Toon is a member of the International Studies Research Group, University of Worcester.

Her research is in modern American History, World War II, propaganda and Women’s History. Dr Toon has been awarded research grants from the following bodies to support her research: The Rockefeller Foundation, The David Bruce Centre, The Royal Historical Society, The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, The Truman Library Institute, The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, The John-F.-Kennedy-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin, The Socrates-Erasmus Council, The Roosevelt Study Center, the Netherlands and the Institute of Historical Research (Scouloudi Historical Award). Current research projects include propaganda (especially enemy image creation) and the ‘study of culture at a distance’. She has presented her work at seminars in the Institute of Historical Research, London; De Montfort University; Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts Seminar Series, University of Worcester; Cardiff University; and at conferences across the UK and in the USA.

Since November 2010 Dr Toon has been the organiser of the Women's History Network Midlands Region annual conference at the University of Worcester.  This November’s conference is entitled North American Women and World War One

She is also part of the Organising Committee for the British Society of Sports History Annual Conference, University of Worcester, September 2017.

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Dr Toon is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member, British Association of American Studies

Member, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

Member, American Historical Association

Member, Organization of American Historians



Images of the Enemy: American Constructions of the Germans and Japanese in World War Two, Routledge, forthcoming 2018.

‘Women and the military: who will answer the call?’ Women’s History Magazine – Military Women, Issue 76, Autumn 2014, pp. 4-5.

Editor, Special Issue, Women’s History Magazine – Military Women, Issue 76, Autumn 2014.

Contributor, James G. Ryan & Leonard Schlup (eds.) Historical Dictionary of the 1940s. Armonk, New York: M. E. Sharpe, Inc., 2006, pp. 13-14, 16-17, 152, 172-73, 201-02, 235-36, 286-87, 350.

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

Dr Wendy Toon has peer reviewed for the publishers Ashgate, Blackwell and Longman/Pearson, and the Women’s History Magazine and Journal of War and Culture Studies.

She has published book reviews in Women's History Review, History, American Studies Today, Journal of American Studies and Reviews in History. Her latest review will be published in the European Journal of American Culture in 2018.

She is also an External Examiner.