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Sarah Carter

Curator and Director of Research at Chipstone Foundation

Areas of expertise

  • Early American and US social and cultural history, material and visual culture, museums, histories of gender, sexuality, childhood, and the family, and public history.

Major works

The Oxford Handbook of History and Material Culture, co-edited with Ivan Gaskell (under contract, Oxford University Press). Tangible Things with Laurel Ulrich, Ivan Gaskell and Sarah Schechner (under contract, Oxford University Press). O_bject Lessons: How 19th-Century Americans Learned to Make Sense of the Material World_ (under review).

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About Me

Sarah Anne Carter is the Curator and Director of Research of the Chipstone Foundation, a Milwaukee-based organization devoted to the study of material culture and known for its innovative museum exhibitions. She has taught as a lecturer at Harvard in the History and Literature program and in the History Department. Her book, Object Lessons: How Nineteenth-Century Americans Made Sense of the Material World is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Her work explores the varied meanings of material things, museum practice, and American social and cultural history.

Courses and Programs taught by Sarah Carter