This blog is a catch all for my own thoughts on history, culture, and the past, often in public and often in the present but not always so. Its title “circa” is intended as a gesture toward the lack of determinancy with which I view the past, of the necessarily partial truths we tell about it.
I am an associate professor of history at Georgia State University, where I teach public history, US history, and immigration and ethnic history. My research interests lie in public history, memory, material culture, immigration/ethnic studies,urban history, and gender studies. I have published on nineteenth-century women’s clothing practices, on patterns of ethnicity in the mid-Atlantic, and on presenting ethnic cultures in public. My current research focuses on the impact of ethnic and immigrant communities on the urban cultural landscape, and on the representation of the immigrant experience in public history contexts. My book, Ethnic Renewal in Philadelphia’s Chinatown: Space, Place, and Struggle, was published in 2015 by Temple University Press. You can find more on facebook, twitter @KathrynWilson8, LinkedIn, academia.edu, and on my CV.