Amy K. D. Lippert is an American Historian, Public Speaker, and Educator. 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 has taught 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, where she was also named an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor. She has taught American History and American Studies at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and Colby College, and 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