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Fall 2015

Scott Hall 316

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Christine Bachman-Sanders

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Christine's research examines the relationship between the "new woman," American imperialism, and the bicycle craze of the 1890s. Her work explores the bicycle as a symbol of progress and a social technology that is galvanized to support a specific political and moral rhetoric for the “new woman,” and to regulate a healthy (sober) civilization primed for global expansion. She is particularly concerned with how American Manifest Destiny, classed and raced associations with leisure, and suffragist notions of women’s empowerment that house race and class logics interact with the symbolic and material power of the bicycle. In general, Christine’s research interests are focused on queer studies, race, class, gender, and sexuality, and the study of American imperialism.

Educational Background

  • B.A.: Sociology and Gender Studies, Middlebury College, 2009.
  • M.A.: Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University, 2014.


  • “Marrying Madonna.” In Madonna & Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop, edited by Laura Barcella, 128 – 133. Berkeley: Soft Skull Press, 2012


  • Distinguished Thesis Award, 2014
  • Steinhardt Merit Award, 2012 - 2014
  • Michael L. Rosenberg Merit Award, 2013
  • Gensler Prize in Women’s and Gender Studies, 2009
  • Lank Prize in Sociology/Anthropology, 2009
  • Public Service Award, 2009
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