PhD Candidates’ Research and Achievements

Mariah Gruner will be presenting “Practicing Sympathy: The Politics of Fellow-Feeling, Free Labor, and (Trans)Formative Tears in The Slave’s Friend” at the Children’s Literature Association Conference this June at Texas State University.

Jessica Samuel will be presenting at the Caribbean Studies Association’s 43rd Annual Conference, Education, Culture and Emancipatory Thought in the Caribbean, to be held in Havana, Cuba this June. The paper she will be presenting is “Minding Land: Consumption and Education on the Island of St. John” 

M. M. Dawley‘s article “You’d Oughter Start a Scrap-Book”: Gossip and Aspirational Culture in The House of Mirth and The Custom of the Country” appears in the Fall 2017 issue of the Edith Wharton ReviewAdditionally, her anticipated dissertation “Innocents and Gilt: American Satire in the Confident Years, 1873-1915” is under publication consideration by Penn State University Press, Humor in America series, edited by Judith Yaross Lee and Tracy Wuster.

Arthur Kamya presented a paper entitled “Sugarcoating Tourism, Race, and Slavery: Nineteenth-Century American Travelogues as Genre and the Unpublished Diary of Boston Lawyer Thomas Coffin Amory’s Travel of Cuba, January to April 1843” at Clark University’s Global Cultures symposium.

Sam Shupe had an article entitled “Vacationland by Two Wheels: Bicycles and Tourism in 19th Century Maine” in the Summer 2017 issue of Strut & Axle, published by the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Owls Head, Maine. 

Rachel Kirby presented the Julie Linsdell and Georgia Linsdell Enders Research Fellowship Lecture at the Nichols House Museum in September 2017. She spoke on “From Maids to Mary King: Stories and Spaces of the Nichols House Employees.”

PJ Carlino was awarded a Dissertation Fellowship at the Winterthur Museum, Gardens, & Library in Delaware for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Tessa Croker was hired by American Girl as a researcher and scholar to support the historical authenticity of the company’s iconic dolls. She will have input on many aspects of the company’s activities including working to develop new characters, stories, and accessories as well as creating new merchandise for the existing historical dolls.

Kate Viens was promoted to Director of Research at the Massachusetts Historical Society, as well as named editor of the Massachusetts Historical Review.

Mariah Gruner‘s paper entitled “Transformative Emulation: Construction and Display of the Mobile Schoolgirl Self and Sampler” was awarded the prize for best graduate student essay by the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Ian Stevenson published an article entitled “Vacationing with the Civil War: Maine’s Regimental Summer Cottages” in the June 2017 issue of Civil War History.