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Alexander Ames

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St. Cloud State University, B.S., Information Media, 2007; St. Cloud State University, M.A., Public History, 2012; University of Delaware/Winterthur Program, M.A., American Material Culture, 2014.


Dr. James Brophy

Research Interests

Atlantic-World religious and intellectual history, with a special focus on transatlantic German-Protestant religious movements; history of the book/material texts; decorative arts, material culture, and public history; material culture pedagogy


The Letter and the Spirit: Calligraphy, Manuscripts, and Popular Piety in German Pennsylvania, 1683 - 1855


Alex Ames received an M.A. in American material culture from the Winterthur Program at the University of Delaware in 2014, and a Ph.D. in history of American civilization and museum studies from the University of Delaware in 2018.  His research interests center on early American religious history, material culture studies, and history of the book.  His work has been published in Winterthur Portfolio and The Mennonite Quarterly Review.  In fall, 2016, he curated two exhibitions, one titled “The Art of Ownership: Bookplates and Book Collectors, ca. 1480 – the Present” at the Rosenbach, a museum and library affiliated with the Free Library of Philadelphia; and one (co-curated with Mark Samuels Lasner) titled “Grolier Club Bookplates, Past and Present” at the Grolier Club in New York City. He has given talks on book-historical topics at the University of Münster, the Grolier Club, the Philobiblon Club, the German Society of Pennsylvania, and other institutions.

Department of History • 236 John Munroe Hall • Newark, DE 19716 • USA
Phone: 302-831-2371 • Fax: 302-831-1538

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