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I am a Ph.D. student studying American material culture at the University of Delaware, under the direction of Dr. Katherine C. Grier. As a scholar of both material culture and decorative arts, I combine an object-focused approach with a wider aim of integrating material culture into a public history framework.

My scholarship focuses on the intersection of craftsmanship, historical memory, and cultural nationalism in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Of particular interest is the reproduction furniture industry and the way both high-end and mass-manufactured reproductions of early American furniture shaped notions of citizenship, race, and belonging among its producers and consumers throughout the Colonial Revival (1876-1945). My dissertation will be be the first full-length scholarly treatment of this subject.

The goal of my scholarly training is to work with objects to engage a public audience, either through an art museum or historic institution. Previous experience includes curatorial internships at the New-York Historical Society, the Museum of Arts and Design, and Nemours Estate.  I have catalogued colonial and post-revolutionary furniture for the Boston Furniture Archive and participated in coursework and field study in Philadelphia, Colonial Williamsburg and Great Britain with Winterthur’s Program in American Material Culture.  I’ve also worked as a collections intern at Bonhams Auction House, and as an editorial assistant for the journal Winterthur Portfolio. 

Please check out my site to learn more about me and see samples of work I’ve done for museums and trade publications.