I received my doctorate in American studies from the University of Kansas. My dissertation was published as a book by McFarland & Company, Publishers in 2003, titled Atomic Narratives and American Youth: Coming of Age with the Atom, 1945-1965. McFarland has also published "In Case Atom Bombs Fall": An Anthology of Governmental Explanations, Instructions and Warnings from the 1940s to the 1960s; Atomics in the Classroom: Teaching the Bomb in the Early Postwar Era; and Protecting the Home Front: Women in Civil Defense in the Early Cold War.
My newest book is Alert America: The Atomic Bomb and "The Show That May Save Your Life."
I am a career editor and publisher, and taught several years as an adjunct college professor. I have also given presentations at both professional and academic conferences.
Reviews of Atomic Narratives and American Youth:
"profoundly important...discerning and rigorous...analyzes a wealth of material...thought-provoking...Scheibach’s unprecedented inquiry provides invaluable insights...significant" -- Booklist/RBB
"skillfully written"-- History: Reviews of New Books
"contends that atomic narrative and the ’social fallout’ from the development of the atomic bomb shaped a generation, just like the Depression a generation before it" -- American Literature.
Review of "In Cast Atom Bombs Fall":
"Deserving of ongoing recommendation is 'In Case Atom Bombs Fall': An Anthology of Governmental Explanations, Instructions and Warnings from the 1940s to the 1960s. From bomb shelters and duck and cover drills to civil defense plans, this gathers publications issued by government agencies during the era, arranges them thematically, and includes sections covering atomic bomb and radiation statistics and how to be prepared. American history and social issues collections will find this both lively and fact-filled. . . .a very intriguing and insightful volume . . . a fine addition" -- Midwest Book Review.
Review of Atomics in the Classroom
"While Scheibach’s book examines the place of “atomics” in the classroom during the early Cold War, the book itself is especially useful in college classrooms today where there is widespread teaching on American culture in the “Homefront” during the Cold War. The book does not engage in extensive historiographic debates, but rather substantiates an essential aspect of early Cold War American culture. However, Scheibach makes clear, as previous authors have not, that the impact of nuclear weapons and< the threats of the Cold War extended much deeper into American pedagogy than simply the theatricality of Civil Defense training, and shaped the course of postwar American education in diverse and profound ways." -- American Studies Journal
Review of Protecting the Home Front
"Focusing on the roles women played in the Federal Civil Defense Administration (FCDA) and its predecessors following WWII, Scheibach seeks to counter arguments that civil defense 'contained' women in t raditional gender roles by highlighting the leadership roles they held, particularly in the FCDA's training and education programs (both as instructors and as participants). . .Summing Up: Recommended." -- Choice (a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries
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