Academic Biography: 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 interests include material culture, textile and knitting history, folklore, and home craft. Her research focuses 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 project examines American women’s hand knitting for servicemen during the First and Second World Wars and its relationship with labor, patriotism, and the zeitgeist of the homefront through archival research and reconstruction knitting.

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