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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
18th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Economic History, Family, Gender, Higher Ed, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Migration & Immigration