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Natalie Geeza

PhD Student

Fields: History of Childhood and Youth, Modern U.S., and Modern Germany
Faculty Advisor: Laura Lovett
Education: B.A. & Teacher Licensure, Assumption College (‘11); M.A., UMass Amherst (‘13)

My research interests center around the History of Childhood and Youth and the ways in which children were (and are) valued and treated, in particular by schools and eugenicists. My dissertation will eventually examine the connection between eugenics and the use of practice babies - orphans used in home economics programs in the early 20th century U.S. This initial scope comes from a small research paper  I started while in the Master’s program here at UMass years ago when I first began studying the History of Childhood and Youth. It is also in part related to my past work in the fields of Colonial Africa and Modern Germany where I examined the role of Anglo-German relations and eugenics in Colonial SouthWest Africa during the Herero-Nama War of 1904-1907 in my Master’s Thesis. I am currently working on my Ph.D. on a part-time basis as I continue to teach 7th grade Geography in CT.

Twitter: @natgeeza