Julia Grummitt is a cultural historian of the United States, specializing in visual representations of race and the unfolding dynamics of slavery and settler-colonialism in the nineteenth century. With broad interests in visual and material culture, printing history, and the relationship between art and politics, Julia’s dissertation, “‘The Great National Work’: J. O. Lewis, Thomas McKenney and the Visual Politics of American Empire, 1789-1871,” examines connections between antebellum print illustration and U.S. Indian policy exploring how an expanding network of U.S. print production and circulation, as represented by sources such as McKenney and Hall’s History of the Indian Tribes of North America (1836-1844), corresponded to the expansion of the United States’ continental empire.
In 2016, Julia completed field examinations in “U.S. History (1763-1890)” with Hendrick Hartog and Martha Sandweiss, “Empire and Encounter in North America” with Wendy Warren, and “Picturing Terrains” with Rachael DeLue. She is a 2019-2020 University Administrative Fellow in the Center for Digital Humanities, a member of the Douglass Day organizing team (http://douglassday.org/), and previously worked as a researcher and writer for the Princeton & Slavery Project (https://slavery.princeton.edu/). At Princeton, Julia is affiliated with the Program in American Studies, the Princeton American Indian and Indigenous Studies Working Group, and the Rare Books Working Group. Her current research has been supported by the American Philosophical Society, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Library Company of Philadelphia.
Julia holds a Master of Arts in History from Trent University (Peterborough, Canada) and a Bachelor of Arts with Combined Honours in the History of Science & Technology/Canadian Studies from the University of King's College (Halifax, Canada). When she isn’t in the library, she enjoys cooking, reading novels, and combing through piles of old prints.
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