Sarah Templier, Johns Hopkins University
Barra Dissertation Fellow in Art and Material Culture
“The Power of Consumer Desire: Textiles and Clothes in French and British North America, 1713-1760”
I am currently a Ph. D candidate in history at Johns Hopkins University. My dissertation, “The Power of Consumer Desire: Textiles and Clothes in French and British North America, 1713-1760” focuses on the history of consumption, and its intersection with trade, politics, gender, class, and crime in the Atlantic World. My dissertation explores the trade and consumption of textiles as forces shaping the political economy of eighteenth-century Canada and New York. It examines how trade practices and consumer desire impacted on power relationships between colonial empires, between colonies, and among various colonial social groups. As a French-Canadian doing research in and about North America, I am committed to dialogue across historiographic-linguistic boundaries. In research like in teaching, I explore Atlantic history and #VastEarlyAmerica to bridge the histories of diverse people and territories.