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George Mason University
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digital history, women's history, history of the body, fitness history.
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Amanda Regan is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University and a historian of the late-nineteenth and early twentieth-centuries. Her research sits at the intersection of women’s history, fitness history, and history of the body. Additionally, she often relies upon computational methodologies as a research tool for examining large corpuses of primary sources and gleaning new insights.

Her dissertation is entitled ”Shaping Up: Physical Fitness Initiatives for Women, 1880-1965” and examines particular instances in the twentieth-century when patriarchal forces sought to encourage the fitness of female bodies. “Shaping Up” argues that the discourse of fitness became a powerful instrument in managing women’s bodies around a series of conflicting social, economic, and political demands.

From 2013 to 2015 Amanda was a Digital History Fellow at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM). Following her fellowship, she continued at RRCHNM as a Graduate Research Assistant and served as the Software Development Manger for the PressForward Project and as the Managing Editor of Digital Humanities Now. Currently, she is a Graduate Lecturer in the Department of History and Art History at GMU where she teaches the department’s undergraduate digital history course.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Computational, Gender, Sports, Women