About the Author

Amy K. D. Lippert is Assistant Professor of American History and the College at the University of Chicago. Her research and teaching focus on the cultural and social history of the United States in the 19th century, with a special interest in the mass production, consumption, and popular interaction with visual imagery and problems of perception. She teaches courses and seminars on Visual Culture in American Life, 19th-century U.S. Cultural and Social History, the U.S. West, American Urban History, Gender and Sexuality, American Cultural Institutions, Consumerism and Mass Culture, and Death and Memory. 


Her first book, Consuming Identities (Oxford University Press, 2018), examines visual culture and celebrity in nineteenth-century San Francisco. Dr. Lippert was born in San Francisco and received her BA, MA, and Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Berkeley. She has held fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Clements Library at the University of Michigan, the Bancroft Library, and the Huntington Library. You can view several examples of her visual sources, along with hyperlinks to digitized sources from a host of archives around the nation, at www.consumingidentities.com  

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