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Emily Whitted

Ph.D Student 

Education: M.A. American Material Culture, University of Delaware and the Winterthur Program (2020); B.A. English Literature, University of Richmond (2016)

Research Interests: U.S. History Pre-1865, History of Technology, Material Culture Studies

Emily Whitted is a Ph.D student studying the material culture of early American women and textile technologies in the Early Republic. She is also pursuing a Public History certificate with a concentration in museum studies. Recently earning her M.A. from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware, her thesis “Made in Germantown: Production, Wear, and Repair of American Frame-Knit Stockings 1683-1830” traces the life cycle of Germantown stockings as they passed through the hands of their makers, users, and repairers in eighteenth-century Philadelphia. Her past professional experiences include a Lois F. McNeil Fellowship at the Winterthur Museum, community programming and development for a sustainable agriculture non-profit, and contracted knitwear design. While at UMass, she is excited to explore the rich historic textile collections of the western Massachusetts area and investigate further the intricacies of early American women’s domestic lives.