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’: Visualizing Territory and Race in Nineteenth-Century North America” 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 generals examinations in U.S. History (1763-1890) with Hendrick Hartog and Martha Sandweiss, in Native American History with Wendy Warren, and in Landscape Theory with Rachael DeLue.
At Princeton, Julia is affiliated with the Program in American Studies, and is involved with the Princeton American Indian and Indigenous Studies Working Group and the Princeton Rare Books Working Group. As a contributing writer to the Princeton and Slavery Project, her work appeared in the Princeton Alumni Weekly and on the project website. Julia is currently a UAF Fellow in the Center for Digital Humanities, and a member of the core team for Douglass Day 2020. Her current research has been supported by fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia and the American Antiquarian Society.
Before coming to Princeton, Julia received an M.A. in History from Trent University (Peterborough, Canada) where her research about documentary photography in post-industrial cities was awarded the President's Medal. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts with Combined Honours in the History of Science & Technology and Canadian Studies from the University of King's College and Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada), where she received the University Medal in Canadian Studies.