Nolan_PhotoI’m currently a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Connecticut, where my research and teaching interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, materialist feminism, literary recovery, and labor history. My scholarship has appeared in or is forthcoming from Signs, Legacy, and The Journal of American Studies, among others.

My dissertation, “Professions of Intimacy: Work, Reproduction and the Professional Woman in the Progressive-Era United States,” begins in the late nineteenth century, a crucial moment in US labor history, and it examines divergent representations of women’s professionalism. This project reveals that the idea of a woman professional at once enabled the values of social protection, political accountability, and feminist responsibility and entrenched social divisions by distancing individual women from economic communalism and by restricting claims to reproductive freedom.

At a time when women’s professionalism is increasingly packaged as the instrument of individual gain, “Professions of Intimacy” asks how we might better re-conceptualize women’s social and economic advancement.

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