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University of Massachusetts Amherst
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vast early america, history of technology, material culture, women and gender studies, public history
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I am a PhD student in history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where I study early American material culture and histories of making. My expertise includes object-based research and making and remaking as academic practice. I have significant experience studying and interpreting American decorative arts and everyday objects before 1860. I have received fellowships and grants from the Winterthur Museum, The Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware, and the Vernacular Architecture Forum, with public lectures ranging from album quilts to contemporary wood working.

Prior to my doctoral work, I was a Lois F. McNeil Fellow in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, graduating with my M.A. degree from the University of Delaware in 2015. My thesis “Made in Germantown: Production, Wear, and Repair of American Frame-Knit Stockings 1683-1830,” which won the E. McClung Fleming Thesis Prize, rendered visible the details of Germantown’s frame-knitting industry including networks of women who finished, sold, and repaired Germantown stockings and the bound laborers who wore them. I received my B.A. in English Literature from the University of Richmond in 2012.

Recent Publications
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Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Labor, Material Culture, Museums, Public History, Technology, Women