Publications

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

"An Early Factory Clock by Benjamin & Truman Hanks" with Richard Perlman. Bulletin, National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Columbia, Pa. February 1997. Vol.39/1, No. 306, pp. 21–29.

A study and description of a rare and important American mill clock purchased by NMAH.

"Keeping Time in Guyana" with David H. Shayt. Americas, Vol. 49, No. 6., Nov–Dec 1997, pp. 6–13. Washington, D.C.

Attitudes to public timekeeping in present-day Guyana. Perception of time in the British colonies.

"Stabroek Market and the Public Clocks of the Co-Operative Republic of Guyana" with David H. Shayt. Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Institution, 1991.

A study of the Stabroek Market in Georgetown, Guyana, and of clocks and bells on other public buildings in the republic.

A Renaissance Treasury: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture. by Laurie Winters. New York, Hudson Hills Press, 1999. pp. 25–45.

Catalogue entries and comments on the clocks in the Flagg Collection, as part of a larger catalog for a travelling exhibition.

Kīkā Kila: How the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Changed the Sound of Modern Music. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2016.
Indian Blues: American Indians and the Politics of Music, 1879-1934. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2009.
“Doing it with “Ganas”: Mexican and Mexican Americans Shaping the California Wine Industry,” Southern California Quarterly, Vol 100, No. 2, Summer 2018, p. 216-243. 
"The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Creating Space for Latinos at the National Museum of American History," in Public Historian Vol. 23, No. 4, Fall 2001.
"Documenting and Preserving the History of the Bracero Program" in The Federalist Newsletter, No. 22 (Summer 2009)
“Tortillas, Tacos, and Berries: Reflections on Collecting Latino Food History at the National Museum of American History”  in Food and Museums, Nina Levent and Irina D. Mihalache, eds. Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.
"Old South, New Migrations" in Many Voices, One Nation: Material Culture Reflections on Race and Migration in the United States. Margaret Salazar-Porzio and Joan Troyano, eds., Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2017, P.231-243. 
“Creating a Bracero Archive: Collaborations, Collections, and Challenges,” Diálogo, Vol. 19, No. 2, Fall 2016, 7-20. 
“Displaying the Great War in America: The World War I Exhibition of the United States National Museum in Washington DC, 1918 and Beyond.” Smithsonian Books, 2008.
“Shaping Military Women Since World War II.” World Archaeology Congress, Washington, June 2003.

American womens' Cold War uniforms reflected official uncertainty about how the regular army's new women should look.

“The World of Camp and Train: The Changing Role of Women in Early Modern Armies” with Barton C. Hacker. In “Sovereign Arms: Armies and Fleets in the World between Lepanto and the French Revolution, 1571–1789,” Rome, 2002.

On the necessary and vital roles women served in supporting the activities of early modern armies.

“From Camp Follower to Lady in Uniform: Women, Social Class and Military Institutions before 1920.” with Barton C. Hacker. Contemporary European History 10 (2001): 353–73.

The relationship between women and military institutions altered radically from the mid 19th century to World War I, because of the changing place in society of both women and the military.

“Volunteers Inspired by Conscription: Uniformed Women in World War I” with Barton C. Hacker. In Total War, Total Defense, 1789–1900, ed. Per Iko, Lars Ericson, and Gunnar Åselius, pp. 346–352. Stockholm: Svenska militärhistorika kommissionen, 2001.

Civilian women in large numbers volunteered for military-related health and welfare services in World War I, donning military-style uniforms as a symbolic claim to full citizenship.

“The Inception of the World War II ‘Ike Jacket.’” Military Collector and Historian 43 (Winter 1991): 146–153.
"Review of Improbable Warriors: Women Scientists and the U.S. Navy in World War II by Kathleen Broome Williams." Technology and Culture 44 (2003): 439–440.
“Military Uniforms,” in Dictionary of American History, ed. Stanley Kutler. 3rd ed. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons Reference Books. 2003.
West Point in the Making of America with Barton C. Hacker. Irvington, N.Y.: Hydra, 2002.

Catalog of the West Point in the Making of America exhibition.

"'Compassion Gave Us a Special Superpower': Vietnamese Women Leaders, Reeducation Camps, and the Politics of Family Reunification, 1977-1991" Journal of Women's History, vol. 30, no. 3 (Fall 2018): 107-131.

Abstract: This article traces the history of the Families for Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association (FVPPA), a community organized formed and led by Vietnamese women in Virginia. Founded as a self-help group in 1977 to offer support for women whose male relatives were detained in reeducation camps after the Vietnam War, the FVPPA grew into a national organization boasting more than one thousand members. This article tells the story of how Khuc Minh Tho, president of the FVPPA, and her all-female team spearheaded a campaign to free reeducation camp prisoners and reunite their families. The FVPPA propelled the politically sensitive issue of reeducation camp prisoners onto the national stage by mobilizing community members, lobbying public officials and humanitarian organizations, and politicizing family separation. In showing how Vietnamese women crafted social networks and fashioned their own politial identities, this article considers the important role that Vietnamese women have played as community organizers, diplomats, and political leaders.

"'Assets of War': Military Displacements, Deterritorialization, and the Strategic Uses of Refugees during the Vietnam War, 1965-1975" Journal of American Ethnic History (forthcoming, 2020)

Abstract: During the Vietnam War, more than three million people were displaced in South Vietnam between 1965 and 1969. US officials and the government of the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) struggled to address the ever-growing crisis of internally displaced people. What role did displaced populations play in the war? How were displaced civilians mobilized to advance military objectives and nation-building projects? This article examines how the US and the RVN offered competing interpretations of the role of displaced populations as they sought to address the "refugee problem" in South Vietnam. It examines how the RVN and the US transformed displaced civilians from a burden to an "asset of war," a phrase used by officials to recognize the ideological and political importance of using refugees to achieve territorial security and to gain political legitimacy for the South Vietnam government. American and South Vietnamese officials, this article shows, generated a multitude of administrative categories to define who was and who was not a refugee, revealing the instability of the refugee category and how internally displaced groups were weaponized for different purposes. The voluntary and involuntary movement of villagers, such as Montagnard ethnic groups in central Vietnam, also demonstrated the ways in which the US and RVN sought to engineer population movements in service of the war effort, which inadvertently contributed to the growing refugee problem. The ways in which the US and RVN deployed refugees as "assets of war" in the 1960s laid the groundwork for constructing refugees as politically useful in the post-1975 era.

Wallops Station and the Creation of an American Space Program. Washington, D.C.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration History Office, 1997.

This master's thesis explores the social and administrative history of the Wallops Island, V.A. launch facility during the early years of NASA.

“A Different Kind of Chemistry: a History of Tungsten Halogen Lighting.” IEEE Industry Applications Magazine 7 (November–December 2001).

A look at the invention and development of this energy-efficient light source.

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