Positions

Overview

  • Associate professor of history and the director of the Graduate Public History program. Research focuses on material culture, especially dress, as it intersects with race, gender, sexuality, and capitalism in the 19th and 20th century US.
  • Research Overview

  • Research focuses on material culture, especially dress, as it intersects with race, gender, sexuality, and capitalism in the 19th and 20th century US. Her work has appeared in both academic and popular venues, including CNN opinion, Slate.com and Smithsonian. Publications include From Goodwill to Grunge: A History of Secondhand Styles and Alternative Economies (UNC Press, 2017) and Changing Secondhand Economies, co-edited with Karen Tranberg Hansen, (Routledge, 2022). Her current book project, "Well Suited: A History of Style and Prejudice in the Land of Opportunity" looks at the origins of modern ideas about dress, power, respectability, and deviance through turn-of-the-twentieth-century sartorial lives.
  • Principal Investigator On

    Teaching Overview

  • Material culture; Dress and Fashion; U.S. 19th and 20th Century; Gender and Sexuality; Race and Ethnicity; Capitalism
  • Full Name

  • Jennifer K Le Zotte