New EMHIS-member


Kate Terkanian, who joined Bournemouth University’s Centre for Media History in September 2014, is pursuing a PhD project on Women, Wartime and the BBC. The project will explore women’s roles at the BBC during the Second World War. The project is designed to complement research conducted by Centre members Kate Murphy and Kristin Skoog, who have conducted research on the interwar years, and the post-war years, respectively.

While previous studies of the wartime BBC have focussed on the propaganda efforts aimed at women, there has been limited research into women behind the scenes at the BBC. Kate will explore how the rapidly growing BBC
utilized women staff across the organisation.

Kate has a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master’s Degree in History from the University of Tulsa. Her master’s project examined the use of propaganda in constructing the ideal woman in the United States during World War II. She has also worked in the museum sector in the UK and in commercial and non-commercial television in the US.

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