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Dr. Emily Westkaemper

Jackson Hall Room 225
Office phone: 540-568-3992
58 Bluestone Drive
MSC 2001
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Assistant Professor


Ph.D., Rutgers University

Fields and specialties

U.S. history, women’s and gender history, cultural history

Teaching areas

U.S. history, women’s history, research methods, history of advertising

Research interests

Popular memory, gender and consumer culture, working women’s activism

Selected publications and presentations

Martha Washington Shopped Here: Women’s History in Popular Culture, 1910-1976, book manuscript in process. Analyzes the radio dramas, advertisements, comic books, films, and consumer products that shaped Americans’ assumptions about women’s history.

“Gallant American Women on the Airwaves: Telling Women’s Histories in the 1930s,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, January 3, 2013.

“Adwomen and Feminism: Networking and Mentorship in Advertising Women’s Clubs, 1939-1970,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, January 6, 2012.

“Home Economics,” The Encyclopedia of Women in World History, ed. Bonnie G. Smith, Oxford University Press, 2007. 

Editorial Assistant, The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, volume IV: When Clowns Make Laws for Queens, 1880 to 1887, ed. Ann D. Gordon, Rutgers University Press, 2006.

Fellowships and grants James Madison University College of Arts and Letters Faculty Summer Research Grant; Edna T. Shaeffer Humanist Award; Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellowship; Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard Schlesinger Library Dissertation Grant; Smith College Travel-to-Collections Grant; University of Wyoming American Heritage Center Travel Grant; Hagley Museum and Library Grant-in-Aid