Dr Wendy Toon

Senior Lecturer in American History

History, Politics and Sociology

Contact Details

email: w.toon@worc.ac.uk
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).

Wendy 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.  

Teaching & Research


Wendy Toon's modules at the University of Worcester include:

The American Century, 1917-2001

Japan's World, 1854-1951

The "Good War": 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. Previous conferences have focussed on the following topics:

 2010 - ‘Twentieth Century Women: Culture, Media and Leisure’

2011 - ‘10 Years On: The Diversity of Women’s History’

2012 - ‘Women and Science’

2013 - ‘Military Women’

2014 - ‘The First World War: Culture and Society’

2015 - ‘The First World War: Nursing’

2016 - ‘Volunteers and Voters: The First World War and its Legacy’

2017 - ‘North American Women and World War One’

2018 - ‘Women’s Suffrage, Politics and the Public Sphere’

2019 - ‘Women of the Far Right’

2020 - ‘Women in Sport’ (in collaboration with the British Society of Sports History) [Postponed COVID-19 until November 2021]

This November's conference is entitled Women In Sport.

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


Research Students:

  • Jade Buttery, MRes, ‘The F. D. Roosevelt Administration’s Response to Jewish Refugee “Problem”’
  • Elizabeth Powell, MRes, ‘The Development and Significance of Army Schoolmistresses in the British Army, 1839-1946’
  • Joseph Rix, PhD, ‘The Lewis-McChord Free Press: GI Political and Social Consciousness in the Vietnam War’
  • Abbie Sands, MRes, ‘East Coast Newspapers’ Coverage of the Japanese and Their Treatment of POWs during World War II’

Former Research Students

Thomas Village, MRes, ‘‘The women will pick up the flag the men let fall!’: We, the Mothers, Mobilize for America Respond to World War II’, awarded 2019

Johnathan Bull, MRes, “‘Hysterical bigotry’: Oriental Stereotypes in Puck Magazine’, awarded 2018

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


‘“Real war ammunition”: Artists for Victory, the National War Poster Competition and the Hostile Imagination on the United States World War II Home Front’, (forthcoming)

‘Sports, Democracy and the Reeducation of German Youth during the American Occupation of Germany, 1945-47’, (forthcoming)

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

'Women and the military: who will answer the call?' Women's History Magazine, 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

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, Reviews in History and the European Journal of American Culture.

She has also been an External Examiner.