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University of Pennsylvania
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Victorian World's Fairs, women's pavilions at World's Fairs, worldbuilding, women's peace camps, communities, gender
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About Me

I am trained in both anthropology and history with my research on communities in conflict drawing from historical sources as well as contemporary data. For example, my field research on the Seneca Women’s Peace Camp in the 1980s was intertwined with an historical grounding in the upstate New York region that birthed the suffrage movement in the 19th century. Similarly, my research on the development of anthropology as an academic discipline has its roots in the Victorian World’s Fairs that first presented ideas about other cultures to a vast public audience. Currently I am tracing the life of the first woman steam engineer at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia and how it reflects on the choices for women in the late 19th century, including the role of mental health asylums for controlling adventurous women. I am also documenting the lives of the women artists and inventors who exhibited works at the Women’s Pavilion in 1876.

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Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Material Culture