John Bodnar is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington. His research focuses on the representation of violence in American memory and culture. Bodnar is also particularly interested in the political and cultural struggle between heroic and traumatic experiences that follow episodes of state sponsored violence.
Bodnar’s books include:”Divided by Terror: Patriotism after 9/11,” “The ‘Good War’ in American Memory,” “Remaking America: Public Memory, Commemoration and Patriotism,” and “The Transplanted: A History of Immigrants in Urban America.”
He served as chair of the Department of History at IU Bloomington from 1997 to 2006 and was director of the Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study from 2008 to 2012. Bodnar’s other honors include the Guggenheim Fellowship, a fellowship with the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and the Florence Chair in American History at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy,
Areas of Expertise
Modern U.S. history, memory of war, World War II, war on terrorism, patriotism.