PhD, University of Delaware
Alan D. Meyer teaches history of technology and aviation history. He earned his BA in history at Western Michigan University, spent eight years on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army, then returned to graduate school to complete his PhD in American history and history of technology as a Hagley Fellow at the University of Delaware. Prior to joining Auburn's faculty in 2009, Meyer worked for several years in Washington, D.C., as a civilian historian for the U.S. Air Force. His first book, Weekend Pilots: Technology, Masculinity, and Private Aviation in Postwar America (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015), explores the intertwined relationships among technology, individual skill, and the construction of a gendered community identity. His current project, Flying While Black, investigates the slow pace of racial integration in the airline cockpit from the Civil Rights Era to the present. Meyer is a longtime private pilot and a Smithsonian Research Fellow with the National Air and Space Museum, and he recently retired as a colonel from the U.S. Army Reserve.
aerospace and aviation history; gender and women's history; military history; history of technology and science; social history