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First Name
Last Name
Yale University
Website URL
Exploration, material culture, polar history, Arctic history, fashion history, history of anthropology, museums, collecting
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Personal Info

About Me
Sarah Pickman is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History, Program in History of Science and Medicine, at Yale University. She studies the history and material culture of exploration, field collecting, natural history museums, and anthropology in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her dissertation is entitled “The Right Stuff: Objects and the Making of Extreme Environments, 1820-1950.” It examines the histories of objects that were used by British, American, and Canadian explorers in extreme environments (particularly polar environments), including waterproof clothing, sugary snacks,  medical kits, tents, and portable music players.
She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture from the Bard Graduate Center of Bard College. She also has a professional background in museum administration, and has worked as a curator or curatorial assistant on exhibitions at Yale University, the Bard Graduate Center Gallery, and the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum.
Recent Publications

“Dress, Image, and Cultural Encounter in the Heroic Age of Polar Exploration,” in Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme, Patricia Mears, ed. (London: Thames & Hudson, 2017), p. 31-56.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England, North America, United Kingdom, United States
Expertise by Chronology
5, 7, 8
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Environment, Material Culture, Museums, Science, Technology