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, on my CV, and in my other writing:
- “Reflections on Engaging Immigrant Communities in Museums,” with Jill K. Stein and Cecilia Garibay, Museum and Social Issues (vol. 3 no. 2) Fall 2008: 179-195.
- “Crafting Community-Based Museum Experiences: Process, Pedagogy, and Performance,” in Transforming Practice: Selections from the Journal of Museum Education, 1992-1999, ed. Joanne Hirsch and Lois Silverman, Museum Education Roundtable, 2000, pp.110-118.
- “Commodified Craft, Creating Community: Women’s Vernacular Dress in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia,” in The Culture of Sewing: Gender, Consumption, and Homedressmaking, ed. Barbara Burman, Berg Publishers, 1999, pp. 141-156.
- “Rebuilding Philadelphia’s Gold Mountain: Themed Space and Living Community in Transition,” Pioneer America Society Transactions (PAST) 35, 2012.
- “From bachelor enclave to urban village: The evolution of early Chinatown,”Pennsylvania Legacies 12 (May 2012): 12-17.
- “Building El Barrio: Latinos Transform Post-War Philadelphia,” Pennsylvania Legacies 3(2), November 2003.