Candice Shy Hooper is an historian who examines the relationship between war and society.
She received her MA degree in history, with a concentration in military history, from George Washington University in May 2008, which marked her return to school twenty-six years after she received a law degree from Georgetown University and thirty years after her journalism degree from the University of Illinois.
She has lectured at the George Washington University, United States Naval Academy, and at annual conferences of the Society of Military History, Southern Historical Association, and the Film & History Association. Her article, “The War that Made Hollywood: How the Spanish-American War Saved the U.S. Film Industry,” was recently published in The Journal of Military History.
Candice is currently completing a study of how the wives of four Union generals affected their husbands’ relationships with Abraham Lincoln.
Candice is a Member of the Board of Advisors of President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home in Washington, D.C., a National Monument maintained by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She is one of the Cottage’s representatives on a joint committee with the United States Commission on Civil Rights to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
In an earlier life, Candice worked for two Members of Congress from Texas, including the Honorable Charles Wilson, protagonist of the movie “Charlie Wilson’s War,” for whom she served as press assistant and legislative assistant. She was also vice president of a multinational energy company and legislative consultant to a major New York law firm. Candice lives in Boca Grande, Florida.