FacultyBeth Bailey


Beth Bailey



944 Gladfelter Hall
1115 W. Berks St


Recent U.S.; Military and Society; History of Gender and Sexuality


Beth Bailey is a historian of the recent United States. She specializes in the history of gender and sexuality and in the history of war and society / U.S. military and society; her most recent book is America’s Army: Making the All-Volunteer Force. Prof. Bailey’s recent research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; in 2014-15 she is the Oscar Handlin ACLS Fellow and will be on leave from Temple. Her current research project is on the U.S. Army and the Problem of Race, 1965–1985. She has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies, History Honors director, and interim chair for the Temple History Department, and works with graduate students on both the history of gender and sexuality and military history.

Selected Publications

  • “The Politics of Dancing: Don‘t Ask, Don‘t Tell and Moral Claims,” Journal of Policy History (2013)
    America’s Army: Making the All-Volunteer Force (Harvard University Press, 2009)
  • “The Army in the Marketplace: Recruiting the All-volunteer Army,” Journal of American History (June 2007)
  • Sex in the Heartland (Harvard University Press, 1999)
  • The First Strange Place (co-author David Farber; The Free Press, 1992)
  • From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in 29th Century America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989)
  • A People and A Nation, co-author, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th edition (Houghton-Mifflin; Cengage)
  • The Seventies, co-edited with David Farber (University Press of Kansas, 2004)
  • The Columbia Guide to the 1960s, with David Farber and contributors (Columbia University Press, 2002)
  • A History of Our Time, co-editor, 5th, 6th, 7th editions (Oxford University Press)

Courses Taught


  • Military and Society
  • History of Sexuality
  • Research Seminars


  • Sex, Gender, Film
  • Youth and Romance in Postwar American Society
  • American Revolutions
  • Writing seminars