MaryKate Smolenski

Revolutionary-era female loyalists, New England, social history, material culture, public history

  • Title Revolutionary-era female loyalists, New England, social history, material culture, public history
  • Office B08
  • Education BA in History and Anthropology, The George Washington University
    MA in History and Museum Studies, Tufts University

MaryKate studies early American history and material culture. She is particularly interested in Revolutionary-era female loyalists in New England and their trans-Atlantic kinship networks. Exploring the intersection of loyalism studies, gender, and material culture, she explores how women navigated life in the British Empire and the new American republic as well as their lived experiences.

She has previously worked with museums and historical societies, including the Newport Historical Society, History Cambridge, and the GWU Museum and Textile Museum. Prior to starting her PhD, she completed a two-year fellowship at the Preservation Society of Newport County where she re-interpreted an eighteenth-century historic house museum, Hunter House. She also co-founded the non-profit, online publication, the Coalition of Master’s Scholars on Material Culture (CMSMC), which aims to fill a gap for master’s students to share their research.

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