(University of Tennessee Press, 2015)
“Through its careful consideration of a range of sources, The Prettiest Girl on the Stage Is a Man powerfully demonstrates how the popular stage and its star performers simultaneously affirmed and exploded stereotypes of gender and race, often in the course of a single evening’s performance. The book will find a welcoming audience among U.S. cultural historians and students.”
Marlis Schweitzer, York University, Journal of American History, December 2016
“There is a treasure trove of untapped archival material… and Casey’s work signals a positive step in learning more about one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the United States.”
Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff, University of South Carolina, Journal of Southern History, May 2017
“Well-written and thoughtful, Casey’s fine book deserves attention.”
Leroy Ashby, Washington State University, Pacific Historical Review, May 2017
The Things She Carried: Women and the Power of the Purse
(Under contract with Oxford University Press)
The Things She Carried argues that purses have functioned as versatile toolkits that provided women with a private, female-controlled space in a world where they rarely occupied public space on equal terms with men. Covering over 150 years, this book uses material artifacts, photographs, memoirs, diaries, newspaper articles, oral histories, advertisements and more to illustrate how generations of women (and some men) effectively deployed purses in their efforts to move from the margins of society to the middle.
Portrait of Mary M. Cunningham, holding a small purse with white-gloved hands. This image was taken by pioneering news photographer Jessie Tarbox Beals in 1903. Library of Congress.
“Pickets, Protests, and Purses in the American Civil Rights Movement,” Gender and History, Wiley-Blackwell, currently under review.
“Sex, Savagery and the Woman Who Made Vaudeville Famous,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, University of Nebraska Press, Vol. 36, No. 1, March 2015.
“‘The Jewish Girl with a Colored Voice’: Sophie Tucker and the Sounds of Gender and Race in Modern America,” Journal of American Culture, Wiley Periodicals, Vol. 38, No. 1, March 2015.