Gene Tempest

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Writer, television producer, and historian, Gene received her Ph.D. in history from Yale University, where she studied the plight of horses during WWI. Her doctoral thesis, “The Long Face of War,” was awarded the Hans Gatzke Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in European History.

She has taught university courses on the intimate history of warfare and the environmental impacts of armed conflict, and served as a co-editor on the 500-page collective volume “A History of War” (Une histoire de la guerre) published by the Éditions du Seuil in 2018.

She was the co-producer of the 6-hour television epic The Great War for PBS, and, with her screenwriting partner Stephen Ives, co-wrote the forthcoming 4-hour PBS mini-series American Veteran. From 2016-2017, she served as the first ever Historian in Residence for PBS’s flagship history series, “American Experience,” at WGBH-Boston.

Born in Plano, Texas, she grew up in China, France, and India. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (B.A.), she lives in Cambridge, Mass., with her husband, the biologist Paul Shamble.