Publications

The list of selected staff publications may be searched by keyword or author and can be sorted by year.

“Electronic Outreach at the National Museum of American History.” The Federalist (Society for History in the Federal Government), Fall 2006.

A summary of electronic outreach offerings at the Museum.

“Electronic Outreach at the National Museum of American History.” The Federalist (Society for History in the Federal Government), Fall 2006.

A summary of electronic outreach offerings at the Museum.

One Nation Under Gods: A New American History. Little, Brown, 2015.
Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World’s Holy Dead. Henry Holt, 2009.
Vows: The Story of a Priest, a Nun, and their Son. Free Press, 2005.
American Material Culture: The Shape of Things Around Us, ed. Bowling Green University Press, 1984.

A collection of essays exploring the use of material culture artifacts as primary resources for scholarly research.

"Collecting the Twentieth Century." Museum Curatorship: Rhetoric vs. Reality. University of Delaware, 1987.

The importance of 20th-century collecting to museums and the new angles of vision needed to build a contemporary collection.

"Eleanor Roosevelt's Clothing." The Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia. Greenwood Press, 2001.

Explores Eleanor Roosevelt's style and approach to fashion and dress.

"First Ladies." ed. (Special Issue) Magazine of History, Vol. 15, No. 3, Spring, 2001.

A collection of essays that explores teaching American history with a First Ladies curriculum with suggested approaches, resources, lesson plans.

"Party Politics: The Political Impact of the First Ladies' Social Role." The Social Science Journal, Vol. 37, No. 4, Elsevier Science Inc., 2000.

This article examines how First Ladies have used social entertaining to advance their husbands' political agendas and how they have "imaged" presidential administrations.

"Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis." Notable American Women. Vol. 5, forthcoming. Harvard University Press.

A biography of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis examining how her earlier life prepared her for social entertaining and restoration of the White House. Her role in crafting the image of the Kennedy administration.

"Be a Party Girl: Campaign Appeals to Women." Hail to the Candidate: Presidential Campaigns from Banners to Broadcasts. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992.

Explores how national political parties crafted voting appeals to women before and after the passage of suffrage. How
women's voting patterns affected elections.

"Introduction to Woman Suffrage." Jailed for Freedom: American Women Win the Vote. New Sage Press, 1995.

Explores the tactics, strategies, and imagery women used in their struggle to win the right to vote.

The Smithsonian Book of the First Ladies: Their Lives, Times and Issues. Henry Holt and Company, 1996.

Explores the lives and impact of First Ladies in the contexts of the presidential administrations and the issues of the day.

First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image. with Denise D. Meringolo. Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, 1994.
“Fava Beans and Báhn Mì: Ethnic Revival and the New New Orleans Gumbo.” Quaderni Storici 51 no. 1 (April 2016): 71-102. Special issue: Food, Migration, and Mobility in Historical Perspective: Nineteenth to Twenty-First Century.
“Exhibiting Science in Historical Context: the Case of ‘Science in American Life,’” Museum Anthropology, 2003, 26, 1: 37–49.

A cultural study of boundary problems in the development of modern science exhibitions.

Research Budgets in an Age of Limits (co-editor, with Klaus-Dirk Henke and Hans-Liudger Dienel) vol. 2 Europaische Schriften zu Staat und Wirtschaft, ed. Klaus-Dirk Henke (Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2000).

Collection of articles on effect of declining state budgets on national scientific and research institutions, including the work of museums and other cultural institutions.

“Environmental Planning for National Regeneration: Techno-cities in New Deal America and Nazi Germany,” with Robert Kargon, in Inventing for the Environment (Cambridge, MA.: MIT Press, 2003). ed. Arthur Molella and Joyce Bedi, pp. 107–129.
“Electromagnetic Induction,” “Perpetual Motion,” in Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Society, ed. Rudi Volti, 1999.

Brief articles in the history of electricity and science.

“Culture, Technology, and Constructed Memory in Disney’s New Town; Techno-Nostalgia in Historical Perspective,” with Robert Kargon. In Miriam Levin, ed., Cultures of Control (London: Harwood, 2000), pp. 135–150.
Invented Edens: Techno-Cities of the 20th Century (with Robert H. Kargon) Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2008

A study of cities centered on large technological projects

“‘Science in American Life,’ National Identity, and the Science Wars: A Curator’s View,” Curator: The Museum Journal, vol. 42-2, April 1999, pp. 108–116.

A perspective on sponsorship issues in the mounting of a major science exhibition.

The Longue Duree of Abbott Payson Usher: A History of Mechanical Inventions Technology and Culture, October 2005, 46: 779-96 

A Study of a pioneer in the history of technology and invention

“The Modenist Impulse: Culture, Invention and the Environment” Printed text of lecture at Westminster University, London, Wednesday, 5 May 1999.

A study of contradictory tendencies in modernism toward modern science and technology.

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