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  • Katheryn Lawson, Ph.D. Program, American History in the History Department at the University of Delaware

    Ph.D. Program, American History
    Museum Studies Program
    University of Delaware
    Newark, DE 19716


    Before embarking on my PhD in History with a Museum Studies certificate, I earned degrees in English, music performance, historical musicology, and library and information science. Although I’m a born-and-raised Iowan, my pursuit for knowledge has also led me to French Canada (Montréal) and now to the mid-Atlantic. During Summer 2018, I created a music-and-movement program for preschoolers for the Delaware Historical Society. I currently volunteer at a wildlife rescue and help organize a group writing program for PhD candidates to finish their dissertations.


    University of Iowa, M.A. Library & Information Science, 2017

    McGill University, Ph.D. coursework Musicology, 2013–2014

    University of Iowa, M.A. Musicology, 2013

    University of Iowa, B.M. Music Performance, 2010

    University of Iowa, B.A. English, 2010

    Research Interests

    Broadly, my research investigates twentieth-century American history through the intersecting lenses of human-animal relations, species, class, and race. Past publications and presentations have taken me from California to the British Library (and in between); my research topics have ranged from the history of cat litter to Girl Scout music, birdsongs for children, and music concerts in American libraries. In particular, I am interested in the racial constructions of animal rights/welfare ideologies and praxis, as well as the boundaries between humanity, animality, and technology.


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    Lawson, Katheryn. “Girl Scout Contrafacta and Symbolic Soldiering in the Great War.” American Music 35, no. 3 (2017): 375–411. 

    Lawson, Katheryn. “Children’s Bird Songs, the Rhetoric of Conservation, and Politics of the Voice in the United States, 1900–1930.” In Childhood and Pethood in Literature and Culture: New Perspectives in Childhood Studies and Animal Studies, edited by Anna Feuerstein and Carmen Nolte-Odhiambo, 199–214. New York: Routledge, 2017. 

    Lawson, Katheryn. “Preschoolers.” In Youth Cultures in America, edited by Simon Bronner and Cindy Dell Clark. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2016. 

    Lawson, Katheryn. Review. The Oxford Handbook of Children’s Musical Cultures, edited by Patricia 
Shehan Campbell and Trevor Wiggins. MusiCultures 42, no. 2 (2015): 106–108.

    Digital Essays

    Lawson, Katheryn. “Pet Keeping and Pet Hiding in Black America.” U.S. History Scene, August 2018. [

    Lawson, Katheryn. “The Little-Known History of Cat Litter.” Disposable America, May 2018. [





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