Academic Bio: Rebecca J. Keyel is a doctoral candidate in the department of Design Studies in the Design History track at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds an MS in Human Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BA from Wellesley College. Her research areas are nineteenth and twentieth century material culture, home craft, and folklore. Her research interests focus on ordinary people making things for a higher cause, whether that cause is war, fandom, or religion, and the way making satisfies a personal need to create. Her dissertation examines women’s volunteerism during the First and Second World Wars and the relationship between home craft and gendered citizenship. Rebecca’s research is influenced by her experience as a knitter and spinner and deep interest in the role of textiles in the history of the United States.

Less Academic Bio: Rebecca is a knitter and spinner, a technology and media geek, a textile and dress historian, and a hobby photographer.