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Research Interests

My current research uses women’s war knitting as a way to understand war mobilization, women’s volunteer labor, and gendered citizenship in the United States during the world wars. I am primarily interested in textiles, making and process, and the way that makers create objects related to a higher cause. My previous research focused primarily on grassroots craft and media fandom craft and the relationships makers form with their creations and with each other. 


Dissertation
    
"Knitting for Victory: Women's Volunteerism During the World Wars," Design Studies, School of Human Ecology, University of            Wisconsin-Madison, in progress.


MS Thesis


“Fancraft Phenomena,” Design Studies, School of Human Ecology. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011.
    
My MS thesis focused on surveying fan craft, craft objects made by media fans and investigating the meaning that fans create within the community by making and sharing objects online. These objects include everything from Harry Potter scarves to Tetris quilts to Sherlock plush dolls and are shared online via websites like LiveJournal, Tumblr, and Ravelry.


Conferences
        
“’Knit a bit for our first line of defense’: Emotional Labor, Knitters, and Comforts for Soldiers during the First World War.”           Crosscurrents: Land, Labor, and the Port. Textile Society of America Symposium. Savannah, Georgia, October 19-26, 2016 

 “’This Sweater, My Darling, Is For You’: Volunteer Knitting During the Second World War.” At Home in the Space Between. Space Between Society Annual Conference. Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN, June 19 – 21, 2015.

“Never Knit a Man a Sweater: Knitters and the Sweater Curse.” American Folklore Society Annual Conference: Folklore At the Crossroads. Santa Fe, New Mexico. November 5-8, 2014.

“Victory Knitting: American Knitters on the World War II Homefront.” PCA/ACA Annual Conference, Chicago IL, April 16-19, 2014.

"Knitting for Victory: American Knitters on the Home Front" Women's History Scotland Annual Conference, Centre for Nordic Studies, UHI, Kirkwall, Orkney, UK. May 3-4, 2013

“Making and Lost and Found Time” >>Fast Forward>> DesignInquiry, Vinalhaven, ME, June 2012.

“Harry Potter Scarves and Plushies: Fandom Craft and the Tangible in the Age of the Internet”
Mid-America American Studies Association Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, April 2011.