Graduate Student Research Showcase
The graduate students in the American Studies program at Purdue produce forward-thinking original scholarship and creative productions that push the boundaries of American Studies as a field, as well as that of the various disciplines with which they engage. This page regularly showcases these young scholars and their current interdisciplinary research and also alumni from the program.
Dr. Lilly Marsh, (PhD ’16) is combining creative textile practice with her academic research. Her dissertation, Knitting Rebellion: Elizabeth Zimmermann, Identity and Craftsmanship in Post War America, focuses on the emergence of domestic hand textile work as creative self-expression and communal engagement, specifically as fostered by the knitting writer-designer Elizabeth Zimmermann. Lilly Marsh Studios, Queensbury NY, designs and weaves blankets, sewing yardage and various wearables out of local and regional wool. Working with the upstate New York fiber supply chain, the Studio connects local wool and alpaca producers with local processing, and supplies woven cloth to other artisans, and finished items to consumers/retailers. A founding board member of the Hudson Valley Textile Project, a consortium of growers, processors, artisans, and designers within the watershed of the Hudson River, Lilly Marsh is dedicated to environmentally responsible and ethically produced local cloth and clothing. Her dissertation research is slated for publication in the Fall of 2019 through Bloomsbury Academic as a chapter in Stitching the Self: Exploring the Power of the Needle.