I am a historian of modern U.S. history with special emphasis on women’s and gender history. My research examines the broad intersections between gender, politics, modernity, and culture, with an emphasis on fashion. In particular, I examine the role of material and consumer culture in political and social movements, and how they became central to shaping gender, race, and class identities during the long twentieth century. More specifically, I explore the connections between feminism and fashion and how women used clothing and appearance to advance ideas regarding women’s freedom and equality, revealing the centrality of fashion and consumer culture to feminist struggles and ideology.
In addition to teaching and research, I am also a public historian and a curator. I have given public lectures related to several costume exhibitions, as well as served as a curator and consultant for two museum exhibitions. My work was published in academic journals and popular venues such as Public Seminar and Dismantle Magazine.