Selected Publications, Articles & Presentations


  • “To Make a Figure:  Clothing and Gender Politics in Early National America,” in Gender, Taste, and Material Culture in Britain and North America, 1700-1850, Amanda Vickery and John Styles eds., (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006).
  • “ ‘The Scourge of Fashion’:  Political Economy and the Politics of Consumption in Post-Revolutionary America,” Early American Studies:An Interdisciplinary Journal, Spring 2005.
  • "Fashion in the Early Republic," Encyclopedia of the New American Nation, Paul Finkelman ed., (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005).
  • "Fair Harvard?: Labor, Law and Gender in the Harvard Scrubwomen Case, 1921-1931" in Yards and Gates: Gender in Harvard and Radcliffe History (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), pp. 159-172.
  • Walking Tour of Harvard Women's History, (Cambridge, MA: 2000).
  • Book Review:  What Clothes Reveal,by Linda Baumgarten, New England Quarterly, 76,4 (December 2003), pp.657-659
  • Book Review:  The Paris Years of Thomas Jefferson, by William Howard Adams, Chicago Tribune (Nov. 7, 1997).

Conferences & Presentations

  • "Historians and Museum Curators:  Forging Effective Partnerships” American Association of Museum Studies Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, 2006.
  • “Worthy, Dashing, Good-for-Nothing:  Notions of Fashion and Femininity in Nineteenth Century America,” UK Social History Conference, University of Reading, 2006.
  •  “The Physiognomy of Fashion, Fashion as Physiognomy:  Toward a Science of Appearances in America,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, 2005.
  • “You Could Dress Better Here in Lowell:  Female Factory Workers and Fashionable Consumption in New England, 1825-1845.”  Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Annual Meeting, Providence, RI, 2004.
  • “The Crisis of the Consumer Revolution in Early Republic America.”  Boston Area Early American History Seminar, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2004.