Conference Participants

Zara Anishanslin

Zara Anishanslin is an associate professor of history and art history at the University of Delaware. Anishanslin received her Ph.D. in the History of the American Civilization at the University of Delaware in 2009, where her dissertation won the prize for Best Dissertation in the Humanities. It also won the Zuckerman Prize in American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the faculty at the University of Delaware in 2016, she was the Patrick Henry Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at the Johns Hopkins University in 2009–10. In 2013–14, she was a Mellon Fellow at the Center for the Humanities at CUNY's Graduate Center; she spent 2014–15 as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the New-York Historical Society. She also has taught at the City University of New York and Columbia University. She is a frequent talking head on the Travel Channel show "Mysteries at the Museum." She is the author of Portrait of a Woman in Silk: Hidden Histories of the British Atlantic World (Yale University Press, 2016), a Finalist for the Best First Book Prize of 2017 by the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians. Her new project is a transatlantic study of material culture in the American Revolution, which she will be researching at Mount Vernon’s Washington Library, King’s College London, and the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle as the 2018 Mount Vernon Georgian Papers Programme fellow.

Leora Auslander
Leora Auslander is Arthur and Joann Rasmussen Professor of Western Civilization and Professor of Modern European Social History at the University of Chicago, where she is also a member of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and the Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies.  She is currently directing the University’s Center in Paris.  She works on the politics of material culture, with a focus on the Atlantic World from the eighteenth century to the present. Her publications include: Cultural Revolutions: Everyday Life and Politics in Britain, North America, and France (2008); Taste and Power: Furnishing Modern France (1996); “America’s Cultural Revolution in Transnational Perspective,” in the Oxford Handbook of the American Revolution; a co-edited issue of the French gender history journal, Clio: Femmes, Histoire, Genre entitled Making Gender with Things (2014) and, most recently, a co-edited volume with Tara Zahra: Objects of War: The Material Culture of Conflict and Displacement (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2018)
Joanna Cohen
A cultural and economic historian of nineteenth-century America, Joanna Cohen is a Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London. A past Marguerite Bartlett Hamer Fellow at the McNeil Center, her book Luxurious Citizens: The Politics of Consumption in Nineteenth-Century America came out with Penn Press in 2017. Her 2014 article, “Promoting Pleasure as Political Economy: The Transformation of American Advertising, 1800-1850,” published in The Winterthur Portfolio, won the Katherine Grier prize and she has also published in The Journal of the Early Republic, The Journal of American Studies, and The Atlantic World (2015). In 2014 she won the AHRC/BBC3 New Generation Thinker Award and has since appeared on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 - talking about everything from shoddy to phrenology. Her proudest moment was appearing on the BBC Proms, where she got to listen to Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait (and talk to the radio audience about Lincoln in the interval)! She is currently at work on a project about property and loss during the American Civil War.
Christian Ayne Crouch
Christian Ayne Crouch is an Associate Professor of Historical Studies and Director of American Studies at Bard College. She is the author of Nobility Lost: French and Canadian Martial Cultures, Indians, and the End of New France (Cornell University Press, 2014), which received the 2015 Mary Alice and Philip Boucher Prize of the French Colonial Historical Society. As a scholar of the Atlantic world, borderlands, and intercultural exchange, she has also written about Native American-African American exchanges and memory and family during and after the Seven Years' War. Her current book project, Queen Victoria's Captives: A Story of Ambition, Empire, and a Stolen Ethiopian Prince, looks at the human consequences of a nineteenth-century Ethiopian-British conflict and considers issues of memory, cultural repatriation, and broadening the temporal and geographic boundaries of Atlantic world history.
Ruthie Dibble

Ruthie Dibble is a doctoral candidate in the Department of the History of Art at Yale University, where she specializes in American art and material culture. Her current work focuses on gender, affect, and memory, and the development of these concepts in the material and visual culture of the nineteenth-century United States. Her dissertation, “Wounded Home: Artists and the Material of the Household in the Civil War Era,” examines how the war’s social, political, and emotional traumas were articulated and remembered through the creative practices of domestic life. Other academic interests include the relationship between craft and historical consciousness among diaspora communities and practices of collecting and display in the early United States. Dibble holds an M.A. from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, where her research focused on colonial America’s oldest surviving cradles as a critical site of historical consciousness in the nineteenth-century United States. Her work has received support from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Bronwen Everill
Bronwen Everill is a Lecturer in History and Fellow at Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge. Her work has primarily been focused on the African Atlantic, particularly the history of humanitarianism, settler colonialism, and more recently, West African economic and material culture in the Age of Revolutions. She is the author of Abolition and Empire in Sierra Leone and Liberia (Cambridge Series in Imperial and Postcolonial Studies, Palgrave, 2013), and editor of The History and Practice of Humunitarian Intervention and Aid in Africa (Palgrave, 2013). Her current project, Just Commerce: Ethical Capitalism in the Age of Abolition is forthcoming with Harvard University Press. She has received fellowships from the British Academy, the Royal Historical Society, the Economic History Society, the Huntington Library, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Library Company of Philadelphia, the John Carter Brown Library, and a three-year Early Career Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust.
Hannah Farber
Hannah Farber is an assistant professor of history at Columbia University. A specialist in early American history, she earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2014. Her manuscript-in-progress, tentatively titled Underwriters of the United States, explains how the transnational system of marine insurance, by governing the behavior of American merchants, influenced the establishment and early development of the American republic. Additional areas of interest include visual and material culture, early modern globalization, and the culture of economic life. Her publications appear in the Journal of the Early Republic, The New England Quarterly, Enterprise and Society, The History Teacher (forthcoming), Early American Studies (forthcoming), and The Junto.
François Furstenberg
François Furstenberg teaches in the history department at Johns Hopkins University, where his research focuses on the United States and the Atlantic World in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His first book shows how the image of George Washington promoted U.S. nationalism in the nineteenth century, and examines representations of Washington’s slaveholding in the period. His second book connects the U.S. to the French Atlantic World in the eighteenth-century Age of Revolutions, following a group of émigrés who fled the French Revolution and settled in Philadelphia. Other research interests focus on the early American West and on early American historiography, particularly on the historian Frederick Jackson Turner, as well as on print culture and early American cultural and intellectual history more broadly.
Ignacio Gallup-Díaz
Ignacio Gallup‐Díaz is the Marjorie Walter Goodhart Professor of History at Bryn Mawr College. He is the author of The Door of the Seas and Key to the Universe: Indian Politics and Imperial Rivalry in the Darién, 1640‐1750, (Columbia, 2005), and the editor of Colonial America: An Atlantic Handbook, (Routledge, 2017).
Benjamin H. Irvin
A social and cultural historian of British North America and the United States, Benjamin H. Irvin is the executive editor of the Journal of American History and an associate professor of history at Indiana University. A past Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, he is the author of Clothed in Robes of Sovereignty: The Continental Congress and the People Out of Doors (2011), a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize. Irvin is now writing a book about Revolutionary War veterans, focusing particularly on matters of disability, masculinity, class, and citizenship. In support of this project, Irvin spent the spring 2014 semester as the Emilia Galli Struppa Fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the 2016-2017 academic year as the Patrick Henry Writing Fellow at the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College.
Beverly Lemire

Beverly Lemire is Professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of History & Classics at the University of Alberta. She publishes extensively on fashion, consumerism, material culture, and gender history. Lemire focuses on Britain and Europe while also working comparatively and in early global and imperial contexts to uncover structural practices within economies and cultures. She is particularly interested in the politics of material culture and material systems. Selected books include: Fashion's Favourite: The Cotton Trade and the Consumer in Britain, 1660-1800, (1991); The Business of Everyday Life (2005, 2012); Cotton (2011): and Craft, Community and the Material Culture of Place and Politics, 19th and 20th Century (2014, 2018). Her most recent book is Global Trade and the Transformation of Consumer Cultures: The Material World Remade, c. 1500-1820 (2018) with Cambridge University Press. Her recent interdisciplinary collaborative project – “Object Lives and Global Histories in Northern North America, 1700s-2000s” – can be found at:

Julia Lewandoski
Julia Lewandoski is a Ph.D. Candidate in History at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow. Her research lies at the intersection of Early American History, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and Science and Technology Studies, and has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the American Society for Legal History, the Huntington Library, and the American Philosophical Society. Her dissertation explores the legal conditions of possibility generated by North American sovereignty transitions. The 1763 Treaty of Paris, the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, and the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo excluded Native Americans, but upheld property created during prior empires, including indigenous land. Three case studies of indigenous groups—Abenakis in Quebec, petites nations in Louisiana, and Tongva and Tataviam peoples in California—reveal how indigenous peoples transformed settler property processes into political channels to assert sovereignty and defend land.
Anna O. Marley
Anna O. Marley is a scholar of American art and material culture from the colonial era to 1945 and holds a B.A. in Art History from Vassar College, a M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. She is currently Curator of Historical American Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) which she joined in March of 2009. At PAFA, Marley has curated over 14 exhibitions, including "A Mine of Beauty:" Landscapes by William Trost Richards, Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit (both 2012), The Artists Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920 (2015), and forthcoming exhibitions on 19th-century history painting, landscape, and women artists. From 2014 to 2016 Marley served the field as Co-Chair of the Association of Historians of American Art and from 2016 to 2018 served as an inaugural U.S. Liaison in the AAMC Terra Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators. In 2017 she was Visiting Professor, Mellon Foundation Curatorial Track Ph.D., at University of Delaware. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Art Center at Vassar College and will soon begin her tenure on the Smithsonian Archives of American Art Journal Advisory Board (2019-2022).
Whitney Martinko
Whitney Martinko is an assistant professor of History at Villanova University, where she teaches classes about early America, material culture, and urban and environmental history and directs the graduate track in public history. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with an A.B. in History and earned a M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia. Martinko’s research has been supported by residential fellowships at the American Antiquarian Society, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and the National Museum of American History. Her writing has appeared in Landscape Architecture MagazineThe New England QuarterlyBuildings and LandscapesCommon-Place, and an edited volume, Documenting History, Charting Progress, Exploring the World: Nineteenth-Century Photographs of Architecture. Martinko’s first book, The Permanence of the Past: Preservation and Public Property in the Early United States, will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.
Amanda Moniz
Amanda Moniz, Ph.D., is the David M. Rubenstein Curator of Philanthropy at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Her first book, From Empire to Humanity: The American Revolution and the Origins of Humanitarianism (Oxford University Press, 2016) was awarded ARNOVA’S inaugural Peter Dobkin Hall History of Philanthropy Book Prize. She is now working on a book about how philanthropists today look to history to inform their work, as well as on a biography of Isabella Graham, a philanthropic leader in the early United States. In addition to her book projects, she is building the new philanthropy collection at the Smithsonian and has curated exhibitions on philanthropy and on the role of art in American industry.
Kimberly Nath
Kimberly Nath is an assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of Delaware in 2016. Her essay, “Loyalism, Citizenship, American Identity: The Shoemaker Family,” appears in The American Revolution Reborn, edited by Patrick Spero and Michael Zuckerman (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016). Her current project explores loyalist flight, loyalist reintegration, and community responses in the mid-Atlantic during the revolutionary era.
Alexander Nemerov
Alexander Nemerov is the author of several books on World War Two and visual representation, including Icons of Grief: Val Lewton’s Home Front Pictures (2005), To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America (2011), and Wartime Kiss: Visions of the Moment in the 1940s (2013). His essay “The Flight of Form: Auden, Bruegel, and the Turn to Abstraction,” Critical Inquiry, 2005, explores how artists and poets addressed suffering by turning their backs to it. His book Acting in the Night: Macbeth and the Places of the Civil War (2010), concerns a single night’s performance of Shakespeare’s play in Washington, D.C., in 1863. Nemerov's most recent war essay, “The Destruction of Hood’s Ordnance Train: A Love Story,” was published in Representations in 2017. He is a professor at Stanford University.
Mairin Odle
Mairin Odle is an assistant professor of American Studies at the University of Alabama.  Her areas of research include Native American and colonial relations, history of the body, and representations of indigenous people in popular culture.  She is currently writing a book, Skin Deep: Tattoos, Scalps, and the Contested Language of Bodies in Early America (under contract with Penn Press).  Skin Deep investigates the role of cross-cultural body modifications—both voluntary and violent—in relations between Natives and newcomers in early America.
Catharine Dann Roeber
Catharine Dann Roeber is the Brock W. Jobe Assistant Professor in Decorative Arts and Material Culture in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. With a commitment to exploring stories of people, things, architecture, and landscapes she draws on her education in Anthropology (B.A., William and Mary, 1998), Material Culture (M.A., University of Delaware/Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, 2000), Museum Studies (Certificate, University of Delaware, 2000), and History (Ph.D., William and Mary, 2011) to inform her teaching, research, and museum work.  Her research and curatorial work focuses broadly on American material culture in a global context with a number of projects centered on topics in the colonial Mid-Atlantic. Issues of inclusiveness and advocacy in cultural heritage and museums inform her interpretive work, teaching, editing of the peer-reviewed journal The Winterthur Portfolio, and guidance for Winterthur’s Visiting Research Fellowship Program.
Jennifer Van Horn
Jennifer Van Horn holds a joint appointment as assistant professor in Art History and History at the University of Delaware. She is the author of The Power of Objects in Eighteenth-Century British America, released by the University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute in 2017. Her book was a finalist for the George Washington Prize, and received an honorable mention for the Louis Gottschalk Prize (ASECS). In 2018-2019 she will be a senior fellow at CASVA (Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts) at the National Gallery of Art. There she will continue work on her second book tentatively titled Resisting the Art of Enslavement: Slavery and Portraiture in American Art. A piece of this project was published recently in The Art Bulletin and a second essay is part of the National Portrait Gallery’s volume Beyond the Face: New Perspectives on Portraiture, published this fall.

Program Committee

Dr. Zara Anishanslin (University of Delaware)
Dr. Manuel Barcia (University of Leeds)
Professor Kathleen Brown (University of Pennsylvania)
Dr. Joanna Cohen (Queen Mary University of London)
Dr. Christian Ayne Crouch (Bard College)
Dr. Catharine Dann Roeber (Center for Material Culture Studies, University of Delaware)
Dr. Bronwen Everill (Cambridge University)
Dr. Ignacio Gallup-Díaz (Bryn Mawr College)
Dr. Benjamin Irvin (Indiana University, and Editor, Journal of American History)
Dr. Amanda Moniz (David M. Rubenstein Curator of Philanthropy, National Museum of American History)


This conference has been made possible through generous funding from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the University of Delaware, Queen Mary University of London, and the Winterthur Museum.