Department of History
West Chester University
404 Wayne Hall
Assistant Professor of History
Digital History; Public History; Material Culture; American social and cultural history; American Studies; Consumer Culture; and Globalization.
Dr. Smucker recently published Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2103), exploring these objects and the people who have made, bought, sold, preserved, and cherished them. She served as co-curator and lead editor for World Quilts: The American Story, a digital project for the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which launched in Decemeber 2013. She is continuing to think about quilts with her current project, "Documentary Photography and the Nostalgia for Quilts," which she will present at the American Studies Association's annual meeting in Fall 2014.
Dr. Smucker's specialties include American material culture and digital history. Prior to joining West Chester's history department, she spent two years as a Content Specialist at Night Kitchen Interactive, a Philadelphia design firm specializing in websites and interactive experiences for museums and cultural institutions, including several Smithsonian museums and Monticello. On her digital projects, she focuses on using technology to engage the public in history by presenting content in accessible, interactive ways. Dr. Smucker earned her Ph.D. in the Program in the History of American Civilization at the University of Delaware and held fellowships at the Smithsonian and Winterthur Museum and Library. She has published her research in Winterthur Portfolio, Mennonite Quarterly Review, and Uncoverings, as well as in exhibition catalogs including “Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts (Brooklyn Museum, 2013), Amish Abstractions: Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2009) and Midwestern Amish Crib Quilts: The Sara Miller Collection (Good Books, 2003). She has served as a board member for the national non-profit, Quilt Alliance since 2005.