Profile profile for WeickselS

Sarah Weicksel

Project Historian

Ph.D., The University of Chicago, Department of History, 2017
M.A., Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware, 2008
B.A., Yale University, Department of History, 2006

Role in Museum: 

Dr. Sarah Jones Weicksel is a historian and material culture scholar of the United States. She is currently co-curating Who Pays for Education? and BIG MONEY (both forthcoming 2020), managing the Philanthropy Initiative's Oral History Project, and researching and writing about objects in the museum's collections.



  • Co-curator of Who Pays for Education?, forthcoming 2020
  • Co-curator of BIG MONEY, forthcoming 2020

Selected Publications

Weicksel, Sarah Jones. “‘Peeled’ Bodies, Pillaged Homes: Looting and Material Culture in the American Civil War Era,” in Objects of War: The Material Culture of Conflict and Displacement, eds. Leora Auslander and Tara Zahra (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2018)

Weicksel, Sarah Jones. “Fitted Up for Freedom: The Material Culture of Refugee Camps,” in War Matters: Material Culture in the Civil War Era, ed. Joan Cashin (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018).

Weicksel, Sarah Jones. “The Dress of the Enemy: Clothing and Disease in the Civil War Era.” Civil War History 63, no. 2 (June 2017): 133-150.

Weicksel, Sarah Jones. “Armor, Manhood and the Politics of Mortality,” in Astride Two Worlds: Technology and the American Civil War, ed. Barton Hacker (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2016).

Weicksel, Sarah Jones. “To Look Like Men of War: Visual Transformation Narratives of African American Union Soldiers,” Translated as: “Quand l’uniforme fait l’homme libre: Les soldats noirs dans la Guerre civile américaine (1861-1865)” in Clio: Femmes, Genre, Histoire 40, no. 2 (2014): 137-152.


Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Wolf Humanities Center, University of Pennsylvania (2018-2019)

Committee on Institutional Cooperation-Smithsonian Institution Joint Research Fellowship (2015-2016)

Jacob M. Price Visiting Research Fellow, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2014)

Jay and Deborah Last Fellow in American Visual Culture, American Antiquarian Society (2013)

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar, Institute for College and University Teachers, “American Material Culture” Bard Graduate Center (2013)

Graduate Scholar-in-Residence, The Newberry Library (2012-2013) 

Anthony N. B. and Beatrice W. B. Garvan Fellow in American Material Culture, Library Company of Philadelphia and Historical Society of Pennsylvania (2012)

Historic Deerfield Summer Fellow (2005)