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Amanda Johnson

Year Entered: 2010
Degree Sought: Ph.D.
Sub-field: Archaeology
Research Interests: Irish Diaspora Studies; Ethnicity and Identity; Foodways and Alcohol Studies; 19th-Century Immigration
Regional Specialization: North America (Mid-Atlantic, Northeast)

Amanda graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston University in 2010, with a B.A. in archaeology and history. Her senior independent work for distinction, entitled "A Glimpse into the Lives of Boston's 'Butterflies': An Analysis of the Artifacts Pertaining to Personification of Self from the 27/29 Endicott Street Privy," dealt with Victorian era material culture recovered from a privy associated with a Boston brothel.  She used material from that same brothel site for her Masters thesis, which she successfully defended in 2011. Entitled "Booze at the Brothel: Alcohol-Related Artifacts and Their Use at the 27/29 Endicott Street Brothel", her M.A. examined women's drinking behaviors within the context of the brothel's front stage and backstage.

Her Ph.D. research moves away from brothel studies and focuses on the Irish Diaspora and the shift in identity that occurred in the late-19th century from Irish to Irish American. Amanda is interested in how changes in material culture, landscape and foodways, as well as cross-cultural interactions, could have influenced this shift in identity.

Papers Presented:
2012    "champagne from midnight until daylight": The social ritual of alcohol use in a Victorian brothel. Paper presented at the 45th Annual Meeting for the Society for Historical Archaeology's, Baltimore, MD.

2012    Booze At the Brothel: Alcohol-Related Artifacts and Their Use in Performance at the 27/29 Endicott Street Brothel. Paper presented at the 11th Annual Graduate Research Symposium at William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.

2011    A Glimpse into the Loves of Boston's 'Butterflies': An Analysis of the Personal Hygiene and Presentation of Self in Victorian Era Brothels. Paper presented at the 10th Annual Graduate Research Symposium William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.