I am an MA/ PhD student interested, very broadly, in the ways that historical actors have used consumer goods to make cultural meaning, construct personal identities, and organize political movements in early 20th century America. My interests lead me to interact with a variety of sub-fields including histories of social movements, material culture studies, feminist studies, histories of women and gender, business history, and the history of consumer culture. As a student of public history, I also explore the interpretation and remaking of historical objects’ meaning in present day collections and displays.
My current project explores the role of gendered consumer activism in a series of transnational consumer boycotts against the Axis Powers from 1933-1941. My most recent paper analyses the movement organized by the San Francisco Chinese-American Community during the first half of the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1941). By organizing a boycott against Japanese silk goods, Chinese-American women such as Alice Fong Wu sought widespread awareness of their cause, participated in traditionally male-dominated diplomatic spheres, and refashioned the political meanings of silk and nylon stockings.
“A Princely Expenditure of Time: The Riverside Polo Club as Conspicuous Leisure,” UCR Undergraduate Research Journal (Spring 2015).
“Clothes Make the Women; Women Make the Clothes: A Glimpse into the Handmade Wardrobes of Two Sisters in 19th Century Rural New Hampshire,” UCR Undergraduate Research Journal (Spring 2014).
Awards & Professional Activities:
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (2015, UC Riverside Academic Senate)
History Scholarship and Community Service Award (2015, UC Riverside History Department)
Peter Schneider Prize in American History (2015 and 2014, UC Riverside History Department)