EMPLOYMENT

Postdoctoral Teaching, Research, and Mentoring Fellow, Davidson Honors College, University of Montana, 2017 – present

EDUCATION

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017, Department of History Dissertation: “From Buckskin to Gore-Tex: Consumption as a Path to Mastery in Twentieth-Century American Wilderness Recreation”

Committee: William Cronon, advisor; Nan Enstad, John Hall, Susan Johnson, Eric Schatzberg

 Preliminary examination fields: U.S. environmental history with William Cronon, U.S. cultural history with Nan Enstad, U.S. history from 1850 with Susan Johnson

Minor: “Landscapes and Material Culture,” Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE)

Research and Teaching Interests: nineteenth- and twentieth-century U. S. history; U.S. environmental history; U. S. West; gender and women’s history; social and cultural history

M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012, Department of History, Thesis: “Synthetic Wilderness: Gore-Tex and the Paths to Mastery in Outdoor Recreation”

B.A. University of Puget Sound, 2008, History and Spanish with honors, French minor, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Senior honors thesis: “‘Kla-How-Ya’: Reevaluating Tacoma’s Native Past and Present”

 

PUBLICATIONS

Manuscripts in Submission

“Layering for the Cold: The M-1943 Field Jacket and the Influence of Military Technologies on Popular Style,” accepted at Technology and Culture.

Reviews

No Más Bebés (dir. Renee Tajima-Peña, 2015), The American Historian, November, 2016.

Exceptional Mountains: A Cultural History of the Pacific Northwest Volcanoes by O. Alan Weltzien. H-Environment, H-Net Reviews, November, 2016. https://networks.h-net.org/node/19397/reviews/154364/gross-weltzien-exceptional-mountains-cultural-history-pacific

 

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

National Fellowships

Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellowship, National Museum of American History, 2014

Lemelson Center Fellowship, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, 2014

Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, “Mountain Hut Systems and the Meaning of Wilderness,” 2008-2009

Research Grants, Minor Fellowships, and Awards

Winterthur Research Fellowship, Winterthur Museum and Library, 2017

Graduate Student Travel Grant, Center for Culture, History and Environment (CHE), UW-Madison, 2016

Samuel and Marion Merrill Graduate Student Travel Grant, Organization of American Historians, 2016

Research Travel Award, UW-Madison Graduate School, 2015

Dissertator Fellowship, Department of History, UW-Madison, 2015

Virginia Henry Horne Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, UW-Madison, 2014-2015

American Society for Environmental History Travel Grant, National Science Foundation, 2015

Mellon-Wisconsin Summer Fellowship, UW-Madison, 2014

Presidents’ Graduate Student Travel Award, Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, 2014

Graduate Student Research Grant, Center for Culture, History and Environment (CHE), UW-Madison, 2014

Sloan Fellow, External Opportunities Fund, Department of History, UW-Madison, 2013

General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Research Grant, U. S. Army Military History Institute, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, 2013

Dissertator Research Travel Award, Department of History, UW-Madison, 2013

Chemical Heritage Foundation Travel Grant, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2013

Hagley Exploratory Research Grant, Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware, 2013

Workshop for the History of Environment, Agriculture, Technology, and Science (WHEATS), University of Pennsylvania, 2013

Vilas Research Travel Award, UW-Madison Graduate School, 2012

Graduate Student Research Grant, Center for Culture, History and Environment (CHE), UW-Madison, 2011

University Fellowship, UW-Madison Graduate School, 2009-2010, 2012-2013; Vilas Welcome Award, UW-Madison Graduate School, 2009

NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship, 2008

Alain Renoir Prize, University of Puget Sound, 2008

Coolidge Otis Chapman Honors Scholar, University of Puget Sound, 2008

University of Puget Sound Writing Excellence Award, “Bloomers and Buffalo Chips: Women’s Clothing in Yosemite National Park, 1850-1978,” 2006

Puget Sound Association Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship, University of Puget Sound, 2006-2007

Marshall Trustee Scholarship, University of Puget Sound, 2004-2008

National Merit Scholarship, University of Puget Sound, 2004-2008

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Awards

Exceptional Service TA Award, Department of History, UW-Madison, 2016, for “exceptional proficiency in teaching undergraduates,” nominated by faculty

Honored Instructor, University Housing, UW-Madison, 2013, nominated by students

Lecturer

Race, Gender, and the Politics of Style, UW-Madison, Summer 2017

History of Women and Gender in the United States Since 1870, UW-Madison, Fall 2016

Teaching Assistant

American Jewish Experience: From Shtetl to Suburb, Professor Tony Michels, UW-Madison, 2013

American Environmental History, Professor William Cronon, UW-Madison, 2010, 2012

History of Women and Gender in the United States Since 1870, Professor Nan Enstad, UW-Madison, 2011, 2016

History of the American West Since 1850, Instructor Jennifer Holland, UW-Madison, 2011

History Day Advisor, “The National Park Service, Stephen Mather’s Gift to America,” Camryn Kluetmeier and Nell Williamson Shafer, West High School, placed 11th nationally, 2013-2014

My advising work included conceptual revisions to the written component of their entry and recommendations about the performative aspect of their historical piece as they moved forward in successive local and state rounds of the competition.

Guest Lectures

“Gender Performance and the Politics of Style,” Women and Gender History in the United States Since 1870, Professor Nan Enstad, UW-Madison, April 2016

“The M-1943 Military Jacket and the Legacy of Army Uniforms in American Commodity Culture,” Fashion to Fast Cars: Commodity Culture in Modern Europe, Instructor Grace Allen, UW-Madison, March 2016

“Fit Bodies,” A History of the Body, Professor Judith Houck, UW-Madison, April 2015

“Leave No Trace?: The Ethics of Consumer Culture in the Wilderness,” American Environmental History, Professor Andrew Stuhl, Bucknell University, April 2014

“The Un-athletic Department?: Jews, Sports, and Masculinity in the Twentieth Century,” American Jewish Experience, Professor Tony Michels, UW-Madison, March 2013

“Public Parks and Pleasuring Grounds,” American Environmental History, Professor William Cronon, UW-Madison, 2010, 2012

“Leisure Culture and Nature in the 1920s,” Women and Gender History in the United States Since 1870, Professor Nan Enstad, UW-Madison, 2011

“National Parks and the Federal Government,” The American West Since 1850, Instructor Jennifer Holland, UW-Madison, 2011

  

PRESENTATIONS

Invited Talks

“Miracle Materials: Synthetic Fibers and the Construction of Comfort in Outdoor Recreation,” Hagley Research Seminar, Wilmington, Delaware, November 2015

“The Shop on the Way to the Wilderness: Washington’s Outdoor Industry in the Twentieth Century,” University of Puget Sound, March 2015

“Wear a Hat to Keep Your Feet Warm, and Other Lessons From the Science of Dressing for Extreme Weather in World War II,” National Museum of American History Tuesday Colloquium, Smithsonian Institution, May 2014

“Frontier Fashion: The Consumer Culture of Twentieth-Century American Outdoor Recreation,” The Autry National Center, Los Angeles, California, February 2013

“The Search for Dharma,” Commencement Speaker, University of Puget Sound Commencement, 2008

Panels Organized

Chair, Panel Organizer, “Assignment Charrette: Creative Environmental History Assignments,” American Society for Environmental History, scheduled for March 2018

Chair, Panel Co-organizer, “Better Than the Real Thing?: Synthetics and the Chemistry of Improving on Nature,” American Society for Environmental History, March 2015

Panel Organizer, “Nature, Culture, and Work: Consumption and Politics in Outdoor Labor and Leisure,” American Historical Association, January 2015

Conference Presentations

Layering for the Cold with the M-1943 Field Jacket: How American Military Studies of Climates and Bodies Shaped Popular Style,” American Society for Environmental History, scheduled for March 2017

“Outdoor Recreation and Counterculture: An Alternative Consumer Society?” Organization of American Historians, Providence, Rhode Island, April 2016

“Miracle Fibers?: The New Synthetic Tradition in the Outdoors,” American Society for Environmental History, March 2015

“‘An Adverse Effect on Nature’: Outdoor Recreation and the Lament of the Gearmaker,” American Historical Association, January 2015

“Greening Outdoor Recreation in the Age of Plastics,” Green Capitalism? Conference, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE, October 2014

“How Outdoor Clothing Became Fashion: Do-It-Yourself Kits and the Outdoor Lifestyle Industry in the 1960s and 1970s,” Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association,” August 2014

“Purchasing the Primitive: DIY Kits and the New Craftsmen of the Outdoors,” German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C., Workshop on “A Hands-on Approach: The Do-It-Yourself Culture and Economy in the Twentieth Century,” April 2014

“Synthetic Wilderness: Gore-Tex and the Path to Mastery in Outdoor Recreation,” Organization of American Historians, Atlanta, GA, April 2014

“Heritage Fashion: The Imagined History of American Labor in Contemporary Clothing,” Program in Gender and Women’s History Graduate Student Conference, UW-Madison, February 2014

“‘How to Enjoy Backpacking’: Gerry Cunningham and the New Primitive in Postwar Outdoor Recreation,” Program in Gender and Women’s History, UW-Madison, Graduate Student Panel, 2013

Roundtable on Vernacular Architecture and Environmental History, Panelist, Vernacular Architecture Forum, Madison, WI, June 2012

“‘Like a Real Cowpuncher’: Stetson Hats and Western Masculinity, 1865-1900,” North American Landscapes, Regions, and Peoples: A Research Symposium, UW-Madison, 2010

  

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

Organizer, History Department Colloquium, UW-Madison, 2015-2016

I lead the organizing and recruiting for the inaugural year of department-wide faculty and graduate research presentations.

Programming Committee, Tales for Planet Earth Environmental Film Festival, 2015

Organizer, BrunCHÉ (monthly graduate student research presentations), Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE), UW-Madison, 2014-2015

Graduate Council, Department of History, 2014-2016

Steering Group, Anthropocene Slam: Environmental Futures, Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE), UW-Madison, 2014

Panelist, New Graduate Student Orientation, Department of History, UW-Madison, 2014, 2016

Planning Committee, Material Bodies/Contested Fantasies: Program for Gender and Women’s History Graduate Student Conference, UW-Madison, 2013

Review Committee, Vilas Research Travel Award, UW-Madison Graduate School, 2013

UW-Madison Teaching Academy, Future Faculty Partner, inducted 2013

Graduate Student-Faculty Liaison Committee for the Allan H. Selig Chair in U.S. Sport and Society, Department of History, UW-Madison, 2013

Joint Committee on Teaching Assistants, Department of History, UW-Madison, 2012-2014

Harassment and Discrimination Committee, Department of History, UW-Madison, 2011-2014

Planning Committee, Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE) Graduate Student Symposium, UW-Madison, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016

Panelist, Teaching Assistant Diversity Training, Department of History, UW-Madison, November 2012

Panelist, MA/Prelims Workshop, Department of History, UW-Madison, September 2012

Panelist, New Teaching Assistants Orientation and Training, Department of History, UW-Madison, August and October 2012

Graduate Student Secretary, CHE, UW-Madison, Fall 2011-Spring 2012

Organizing Committee, CHE Place-Based Workshop, “Landscapes of Health,” UW-Madison, May 2011

Graduate Student Representative, CHE Executive Committee, UW-Madison, Fall 2010-Spring 2011

Graduate Student Mentor, Department of History, UW-Madison, 2010-2011

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Graduate Student Liaison, American Society for Environmental History, 2016

Education Committee, American Society for Environmental History, 2015-present

Editorial board, The American Historian, Organization of American Historians magazine, 2014-present

Planning Committee, Graduate Student Writing Workshop, Graduate Student Caucus for the American Society for Environmental History, 2013-2014

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

American Historical Association

Organization of American Historians

American Society for Environmental History