Analyzes the design and acceptance of new domestic technologies in the 1930s as part of defining a modern American social order.
Ph.D., American History, University of Virginia
M.A., Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, U. Delaware
B.A., History, Cornell University
20th century American social and cultural history, Women and gender, family and childhood, social reform and material culture, mass consumption, material and visual culture, industrial design
- Within These Walls, updating exhibition for 2016
- Evaluation of post-1945 home and family life collections at NMAH, 2004
- Korean Adoption: An American Family Story, 2003, curator of exhibit, original research and collecting project.
- Within These Walls, opened 2001, co-curator
- History in a Vacuum, 1999-2000, co-curator
- US Book and Exhibition Review Editor, Home Cultures: The Journal of Architecture, Design and Domestic Space
- Associate Professorial Lecturer, George Washington University, American Studies Dept.
- Instructor and Advisor, Parsons School of Design, History of Decorative Arts M.A. Program
- Marquis Who’s Who in America, 2004-5 edition
- Smithsonian Pre-doctoral Fellowship
- University of Virginia Academic Enhancement Fellowship
- Wolfsonian Museum Fellowship
- Hagley-Winterthur Fellowship in Arts and Industries
- Lois F. McNeil Graduate Fellowship, Winterthur
Organization of American Historians
Offers a reconsideration of postwar class relations by exploring the influence of working-class women on American social life and culture.
Examines the social history of housework in America through artifacts used to clean the home.
Explores the relationship between religion and craft in an early twentieth-century community.
Illuminates the influence of martial law on civilian life during the Civil War in Harpers Ferry.