Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Anni Cecil

Professor of History
Henrietta Jennings Faculty Chair for Outstanding Teaching (2015-2020)

Ph.D., Boston College
B.A., University of Maryland

Main Interests

My teaching an research interests include European military history; modern German and Russian history; the impact of U.S. military communities overseas after 1945; military life.

I am working on a book about Army wives living on posts in the trans-Mississippi West and in the Pacific Rim - Hawaii, Guam, the Philippines - during the period between the Civil War and World War II.  These decades saw great change in the Army and American society. Army women experienced those changes along with all the adventures, excitement, boredom and pride of making a life on remote Army posts.

The Military Life Memory Project is a crowd-sourced digital collection of stories, photos, audio, video, and text documents about life on and around American military bases in the United States and overseas. The project will allow members of the military community, scholars, and the public to learn firsthand what daily life was and is like on these bases. The archive will serve as a permanent collection for researchers and future historians who wish to study this unique subculture. It is searchable using tags and metadata.

When the site is up and running, I will post a link here.  I hope you will contribute your stories!

Teaching Interests

Courses I teach regularly include:

I and the Resident Director for the Wheaton in Bhutan program during the Spring 2016 semester. In Fall 2016 I will be teaching Europe 1000-1700 and Modern German History.

Selected Publications, Creative Work, or Performances

Life in the U.S. Armed Forces: (Not) Just Another Job, Praeger (2008).

U.S. Soldiers Overseas: The Global Military Presence, Praeger (2004).

Wiesbaden and the Americans, 1945-2003, Wiesbaden StadtArchiv Verlag (2003).

Dissertation: "Unsere Amerikanischen Freunde?: The U.S. Air Force in Wiesbaden during the Vietnam Era, 1965-1975" (1997).