A historian of modern France and modern war, Gene Tempest received her Ph.D. with distinction from Yale University in the fall of 2013. Her specialty is the First World War. She is the Associate Producer and Chief Historian on Insignia Films’ innovative three-part series, America and the World War.
She has taught undergraduate courses such as “War and the Environment” and “Intimate Histories of War” at Yale University, the State University of New York at Cortland, and Boston University—at the latter as the 2014-2015 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in History.
Since 2012, she has been a contributing writer for L’Histoire, France’s premiere popular history magazine, covering topics such as: famous donkeys at Gallipoli, environmental devastation on the Western Front, Spielberg’s war horses, the Allied bombing of France during WWII, the Red Army’s march West, the U.S. occupation of Japan, and JFK’s war in Vietnam. Her writing and research have been supported by the H.F. Guggenheim Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others. Her thesis, The Long Face of War, won the Hans Gatzke Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in European history. Her next book, The Last Charge: A History of the Cavalry in the Modern Age (Basic Books) will be released in 2018.
She is an alumna of the University of California at Berkeley, where she studied history and French literature, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude in 2006.