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Emily Wells

Ph.D. Student (ABD)

Advisor: Karin Wulf
email: [[epwells]]
Current Research: Girlhood, Material Culture, American South

Emily is a historian of girlhood and material culture whose current research focuses on the American South. Her dissertation, “‘Keep Within Compass’: Geographies of Girlhood in the American South, 1783-1865,” examines how elite, white girls negotiated and performed their social identities through interactions with place.

Emily has pursued her academic interests through jobs and internships at several museums and cultural institutions including Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Deerfield, Old Sturbridge Village, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections.

Emily received her M.A. in History from William & Mary in 2017. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in History from Mount Holyoke College in 2015.