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The Met Gala Was Not the Fancy Dress Ball Historians Were Hoping For

Posted: May 12, 2022

By Dr. Einav Rabinovitch-Fox May 12, 2022 Last Monday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City returned to its “First Monday at May” tradition, or as it is commonly known: the Met Gala. Drawing media attention and fashionistas from around the world, the Gala is the annual fundraising event for the museum’s Costume […]

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HBO’s The Gilded Age: A Disappointingly One-Sided Depiction of a Complex Era

Posted: March 29, 2022

By Dr. Nancy C. Unger and Dr. Christopher McKnight Nichols March 29, 2022 This review contains small spoilers. Our co-edited collection, A Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Wiley (Wiley Blackwell, 2017), will be released in an updated, paperback edition this spring. As scholars who have long been immersed in this pivotal period, […]

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Listening to the Progressive Era Domestic Soundscape

Posted: June 18, 2019

by Dr. J. Martin Vest In my doctoral dissertation “Vox Machinae: Phonographs and the Birth of Sonic Modernity, 1877-1930,” I presented a cultural history of the early recording industry in close conversation with the so-called “New Materialisms.” Drawing on Science and Technology Studies (STS), phenomenological philosophy, and other strains of materialist literature, I sought to […]

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Labor Reformer George Gunton and a Progressive Era Divorce Scandal

Posted: March 20, 2019

by Stephen Leccese “What a scoundrel!” my mom exclaimed as I told her the following story. This is not a typical reaction when I talk about my work–my research on economic theory and policy is not exactly a scandal-ridden field for non-historians. So when I came across a story of divorce and abandonment involving economist […]

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