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Dana E. Byrd

Assistant Professor of Art History 
Bowdoin College

Ph.D., Yale University 2012
M.A., University of Delaware/ Winterthur Program in Early American Culture 
B.A., Yale University

Dana E. Byrd is a scholar of American art and material culture. Her research engages with questions of place and the role of objects in everyday life. Her book manuscript, "Reconstructions: The Material Culture of the Plantation, 1861-1877," examines the experience of the plantation during the Civil War through the end of Reconstruction. She is presently developing a project that examines the nineteenth-century representations of sociable interiors in three cosmopolitan cities: New Orleans, Paris, and London.

" 'Motive Power': Punkahs and Performance in the Antebellum South," in Buildings and Landscapes, Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum (Spring 2016). 
"Ebony and Ivory: Pianos, People, Property and Freedom on the Plantation," in The Oxford Handbook of History and Material Culture, Ivan Gaskill and Sarah Carter, eds. (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016). 
"London: A Tobacco Box," Perspective published by the Institut National de l'Histoire d'Art (forthcoming). 
"Tracing Transformation: Hilton Head Island's Journey to Freedom, 1860-1865," Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide (forthcoming October 2015) 
"Northern Vision, Southern Land: Designs for Freedom on Hilton Head Island, 1862-1880," in The Civil War in Art and American Memory (Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, forthcoming 2015). 
"Loot, Occupy, Rebuild: The Plantation during the Civil War," in The Civil War in Material Culture (Houston: Bayou Bend, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2012). 
Exhibition Review of "Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art," Journal of Modern Craft 4, no. 2 (July 2011): 207-211. 
"Punkah," World of a Slave: Encyclopedia of Material Life of Slaves in the United States, eds. Martha Katz-Hyman and Kym Rice (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press 2010): 381-385.