Forthcoming Presentations

  •   “Keith Carried a Clutch:” Gay Men and the Power of the Purse, Berkshires Conference on Women, Genders, and Sexualities, Santa Clara University, Jun 2023
  • “They Things They Carried: The Possibilities of Purses in Queer History,” National Women’s Studies Association, Minneapolis, Nov 2022.
  •   “Queer History and the Possibilities of Purses,” Christopher Newport University, Invited Speaker, LGBTQ+ History Month, Oct 2022






Past Scholarly Presentations

  • “‘I Have Got My Pocketbook By My Machine:’ Working Women: Place, Space, and Women’s Pocketbooks at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory,” American Historical Association, New Orleans,  Jan 2022

  •   “Women’s Work, Clothing, and Contestations of Power in America and Africa,” Panel Organizer, American Historical Association, New Orleans, Jan 2022
  • “Sacks, Bags, and Purses: Enslaved’ Women’s Pursuit of Freedom and Privacy in the Mid-Nineteenth Century,” Presenter, Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Dec 2021
  • Promising Pedagogies,” Panel Chair, American Studies Association annual conference, Baltimore, MD, November 2020 (cancelled due to Covid-19)
  •  “The Power of the Purse: Resistance and Repression in Mid-Twentieth Century America,” Panel Organizer, “Gendered Objects: Identity, Agency, and Activism through Material Culture. ”Berkshires Conference on Women, Genders, and Sexualities, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, May 2020 (cancelled due to Covid-19
  • “Purses and the Politics of Resistance,” American Studies Association, Honolulu, Nov 2019
  • “The Performative Role of the Purse in American Visual Culture, 1890-1920,” The Berkshire Conference on Women, Genders, and Sexualities, Hofstra University, June 2017
  • “The Things She Carried,” National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Institute, Bard Graduate Center, July 2015
  •  “Women and the Power of the Purse,” Works in Progress, Regional Interdisciplinary Conference of Feminist Scholarship, Virginia Wesleyan College, March 2015
  •  “The Promises and Perils of Teaching the History of Fun,” American Historical Association, New York City, January 2015
  •  “Performing the Primitive in a Nerve-Wracked World,” Western Association of Women’s Historians Conference, Polytechnic University, Pomona, California, May 2014
  • “The Prettiest Woman on the Stage is a Man,” Popular Culture Association/American Cultural Association, Washington D.C., March 2013
  •  “Sex, Savagery and the Woman Who Made Vaudeville Famous”, Women, Professions, and Politics: A Historical Symposium in Memory of Lynn D. Gordon, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, October 2012.
  • “‘She is What She Aint:’ Lillyn Brown and the Meaning of Black Male Impersonation,” The Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, June 2011.
  •  “‘She is What She Aint:’ Lillyn Brown and the Meaning of Black Male Impersonation,” Keynote Speaker, Susan B. Anthony Institute Undergraduate Research Conference, April 2011.
  • “‘Making a Woman of Himself:’ Julian Eltinge and the Art of Female Impersonation,” InvitedSpeaker, Humanities and Social Sciences Lecture Series, Schenectady Community College, March 2011
  • “‘I Don’t Care:’ The Gender and Racial Transgressions of the Irreverent Eva Tanguay,” The Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College, June 2009.
  •  “Cross Dressers and Race Crossers: Blackness and Gender on the American Popular Stage,” The Susan B. Anthony Institute’s Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, University of Rochester, March 2007.


● Presenter and co-organizer, “A Brief History of Abortion,” Robert Nusbaum Center, AAUW, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Program, Virginia Wesleyan University, Sept 2022.

●      Invited presenter/consultant, “Exploring the Intersection of Gender and Race in Academia,” Equity in Academia Series, Children’s National Hospital, George Washington University, June 2022

● Invited Presenter, Women’s History and Equality Commemoration, Invited Speaker, Norfolk, VA Naval Base, August 2021

● Invited Presenter, “Race, Gender, and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage, 1890-1920,” Invited Speaker, Virginia Beach Historical Society, Virginia Beach, VA, March 2018

● Invited Presenter, “Apparel in American History,” Four-part series, Institute for Lifelong Learning, Westminster-Canterbury Retirement Community, Virginia Beach, VA, November 2017

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