Office: Wood Hall, room 206
Advisor: Micki McElya
Areas of Specialty: 20th Century U.S., Women’s and Gender, and Sexuality History, Cultural History, Feminist and Queer Theories
Current Research Interests:
Danielle Dumaine is a doctoral student studying United States History. She focuses on the history of women and gender, race, and utopia. She is interested in the ways that new understandings of, and tensions around, race and gender shaped United States society in the 1960s and 1970s. Her research examines the life and work of the poet Diane di Prima alongside ideas of desire and commodity in the postwar United States. Her dissertation brings recent developments in queer theory and histories of sexuality, gender, and the family to bear on the history of capitalism and social movements in the U.S. I am interested in self-commodification and understandings of identity, celebrity, creativity, gender, and cultural production.
Danielle Dumaine received her BA from Tufts University in 2012 and a MA from the University of Connecticut in 2015. In addition to her PhD, Danielle is pursuing a certificate in Feminist Studies from the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department.
Title TBD, Harvard Graduate Student Conference on the History of Capitalism at Harvard University, Fall 2017.
“Credit for Women: Feminist Federal Credit Unions and Feminist Re-Imaginings of Capitalism” at Histories of Capitalism, 2.0 at Cornell University, Fall 2016.
“’Save Yr Letters!’: Archive Creation, Artistic Production, and Diane di Prima” at Borderlands Interdisciplinary Symposium at the University of Connecticut, Spring 2016.
“The Art of Dropping Out: Diane di Prima, Millbrook Commune, and Building Utopia” at the New England Historical Association Fall Conference, 2015.
“Radical Families: Rethinking Life and Relationships in Intentional Living Communities,” Public Exhibit at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut, August-September 2014.
“What Happened to all the Beatniks?: Memory, Nostalgia, and Diane Di Prima’s Memoirs of a Beatnik” Literary Hub, forthcoming.
Awards and Prizes:
Aldo Dedominicis Graduate Fellowship in Italian American History, 2016-2018.
Mary Lily Research Grant, Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, Duke University, 2016.
Susan Porter Benson Graduate Research Award, Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, University of Connecticut, 2015.
Bruce M. and Sondra Astor Stave Prize in Recent American History, Department of History, University of Connecticut, 2015.
Pre-doctoral Merit Award, The Graduate School, University of Connecticut, 2014-2015, 2015-2016.