U.S. History: late-nineteenth and twentieth-century U.S. history, women and gender, fitness culture, digital history
Amanda Regan is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University and a historian of the late-nineteenth and early twentieth-centuries. Her research sits at the intersection of women’s history, fitness history, and history of the body. Additionally, she often relies upon computational methodologies as a research tool for examining large corpuses of primary sources and gleaning new insights.
Her dissertation is entitled ”Shaping Up: Physical Fitness Initiatives for Women, 1880-1965” and examines particular instances in the twentieth-century when patriarchal forces sought to encourage the fitness of female bodies. “Shaping Up” argues that the discourse of fitness became a powerful instrument in managing women’s bodies around a series of conflicting social, economic, and political demands.
From 2013 to 2015 Amanda was a Digital History Fellow at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM).Following her fellowship, she continued at RRCHNM as a Graduate Research Assistant and served as the Software Development Manger for the PressForward Project and as the Managing Editor of Digital Humanities Now. Currently, she is a Graduate Lecturer in the Department of History and Art History at GMU where she teaches the department’s undergraduate digital history course.
Louise and Rudolf Fishel Graduate Fellowship, 2018, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Joseph and Dorothy Censer Fellowship, 2016, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Larry J. Hackman Research Residency, 2016, New York State Archives, Albany, NY.
Provost’s Dissertation Completion Travel Grant, 2016, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Digital History Fellowship, 2013-2015, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Digital Humanities Summer Institute Tuition Scholarship 2014, 2015, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C.
Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award, 2013, California State University, San Marcos, Department of History, San Marcos CA.
Master of Arts in History, California State University, San Marcos, 2013
Bachelor of Arts in History, California State University, San Marcos, 2011