Sarah E. Patterson


Florida State University


Dr. Suzanne Sinke

Academic Interests:

US Military History
20th Century US History
Social/Cultural History
US Marine Corps
Gender History
Gender in the US Military


The Few, the Proud: Gender and the Marine Corps Body

Bio Note:

Sarah E. Patterson is a PhD candidate at Florida State University, focusing on Gender and the U.S. Military. She is currently working on her dissertation, titled “The Few, the Proud: Gender and the Marine Corps Body.” This project examines the interplay between masculinity and femininity in the Marine Corps from World War I to the Korean War as it is expressed on the body. She received an M.A. in History from Florida State University in 2014 and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of West Florida in 2013. Patterson’s research interests include military social history, gender and government institutions, the history of sexuality, and the practical application of historical research in contemporary society. She presented papers on history and historical archaeology at the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, the Society for American Archaeology, and the Florida Historical Society. More recently, she presented a paper titled, ‘“Be a Marine: Free a Marine to Fight”: Women’s Propaganda Posters and Military Recruitment in World War II,” at the 2017 American Historical Association annual meeting. Patterson was also recently awarded the 2017-2018 General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. Memorial Dissertation Fellowship from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and Marine Corps History Division.

Added January 2018