Linzy A. Brekke-Aloise


Linzy Brekke-Aloise is an historian of early America, focusing on the period from the American Revolution through the nineteenth century. Her scholarship examines how transatlantic fashion goods and practices became a critical tool for the expression of national, gender, class, and racial identities and the instrument by which to challenge those identities by new classes of consumers in an era of capitalist transformation.

She offers courses on the American Revolution, Early Republic, and U.S. Women's history, and seminars in consumer and material culture. She has received numerous national research fellowships and awards from the Library Company of Philadelphia, the American Antiquarian Society, Winterthur Museum, and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. Her recent research has been published in a collection of essays, Gender, Taste, and Material Culture in Britain and North America.


  • Harvard University, Ph.D., History, 2007
  • Harvard University, A.M., History, 2000
  • Mount Holyoke College, B.A., History, 1998


  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Interdisciplinary Dissertation Fellowship, Harvard Humanities Center, 2004-2005
  • McNeil Fellowship, Material Culture Studies, Winterthur Library and Museum, 2004
  • Library Company of Philadelphia, Program in Early American Economy and Society Dissertation Fellowship, 2003
  • Massachusetts Historical Society Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2003
  • American Antiquarian Society Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2003
  • Artemas Ward Fellowship in Revolutionary-Era American History, 2002
  • Harvard Business School/Derek Bok Center, University Teaching Symposium, 2002
  • Derek Bok Center Certificate for Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University, 2001
  • Derek Bok Center Certificate for Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University, 2000
  • CBS Bicentennial Fellowship in 18th Century Studies, Harvard University, 1998-2001
  • Clio/Melpomene Prize for Excellence in Poetry or History, Mount Holyoke, 1998
  • Mount Holyoke Distinguished Alumnae Fellowship, 1998

Research Interests

  • Consumer and material culture
  • Gender and women’s history
  • Race
  • The development of capitalism
  • Political culture of the antebellum period

Courses Taught

  • American Nation I
  • American Nation II
  • Pursuit of Happiness in Revolutionary America
  • Topics in US Women's History
  • United States Seminar: Topical
  • Women in America: 1630-1890