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First Name
Mary K
Last Name
James Madison University
Website URL
18th C French History, Old Regime, History of Work Practices, Masculinity, Wigmaking, 2/Global History of Immigration and Refugee Resettlement in Harrisonburg, Virginia, 1965-2020
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Personal Info

About Me

Associate Professor of History at James Madison University (2007-present)

As director of “The World is Harrisonburg” project (an ongoing General Education undergraduate research project based on integrative learning techniques), I can speak to issues of immigration and refugee resettlement in Harrisonburg, Virginia from a local, national and global perspective. I can also discuss practices of engaged learning, as well as the application of the digital humanities in General Education classes. I am trained in French History and am currently completing an extensive study of wigmaking and hairdressing in 18th century France, which explores the cultural value of men’s wigs to a wide range of geographically-dispersed social actors in Old Regime France. My work in this area showcases my capacity to analyze interactions between producers, consumers, and state regulators from an historical perspective.

I earned a BA degree from American University in 1988, a post-baccalaureate degree from Portland State University in 1998, and, from Cornell University, a MA in 2001, and a PhD in 2007.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
France, United States
Expertise by Chronology
4, 8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Economic History, Family, Gender, Higher Ed, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Migration & Immigration