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First Name
Laura J.
Last Name
Ping
Affiliation
Queens College
Website URL
https://gc-cuny.academia.edu/LauraPing
Keywords
Dress Reform, Fashion, Social Reform, Material Culture, Visual Culture, Women's Activism.
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About Me

Laura J. Ping received her PhD from The Graduate Center, CUNY in 2018. Her dissertation, “Throwing off ‘the Draggling Dresses’: Women and Dress Reform, 1820-1900,” analyzes the cultural and political impact of the dress reform movement on the nineteenth-century woman’s movement in the United States. Through an interdisciplinary analysis of period visual culture, fashion magazines, and textual sources Ping argues that dress reform politicized women’s bodies, but was rejected within the mainstream for its radicalism. When dress reform became associated with function rather than transgression, however, it gained acceptance. Ping has been the recipient of research fellowships from Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library and the National Society of the Colonial Dames in the State of New York, and has been awarded the E.P. Thompson Dissertation Award, and the Advanced Research Collaborative Knickerbocker Award for Archival Research in American Studies. Her article entitled “ ‘He May Sneer at the Course We are Pursuing to Gain Justice’: Lydia Sayer Hasbrouck, The Sibyl and Corresponding about Women’s Suffrage” was published in the Summer/Fall 2017 issue of the New York History Journal. This article discusses the role that a little known female journalist and dress reformer had in creating a long-distance literary community for women interested in reform.

Recent Publications

“‘He May Sneer at the Course We are Pursuing to Gain Justice’: Lydia Sayer Hasbrouck, The Sibyl and Corresponding about Women’s Suffrage,” New York History Journal 98, no. 3-4 (Summer/Fall 2017), 317-328.

2017 “Using the Bloomer Costume as a Historical Source,” AHA Today: A Blog of the American Historical Association (February 13, 2017).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, Gender, Material Culture, Politics, Women