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Katheryn Lawson

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  • Ph.D. Program, American History
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University of Iowa, B.A. English, 2010; University of Iowa, B.M. Music Performance, 2010; University of Iowa, M.A. Musicology, 2013; McGill University, Ph.D. coursework Musicology, 2013–2014; University of Iowa, M.A. Library and Information Science, 2017


Dr. Katherine Grier

Research Interests

Broadly speaking, my research investigates the intersections of power, children and childhood (particularly girlhood), animals, and the performing arts in American culture. This past spring, my essay, “Bird Songs for Children, the Rhetoric of Conservation, and Voicing the Bird in the United States, 1900–1930,” recently appeared in the volume Childhood and Pethood in Literature and Culture (Routledge, 2017). In addition, my article “Girl Scout Contrafacta and Symbolic Soldiering in the Great War” will appear in the journal American Music in late 2017. I am pursuing a PhD in History in order to deepen historical knowledges of the experiences and relations of some of society’s most frequently overlooked subjects: children and animals. Beyond my PhD, I seek to disseminate and engage with these historical knowledges through public engagement, either as a professor, archivist, or museum curator.

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

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