Welcome to my (new!) blog. Updates will be related to – or inspired by – my current work as a PhD student of Rhetoric and Public Culture at Northwestern University.
My interest is in “things” for children; toys, documents, advertised products, and so on, primarily during the early Cold War period. I study such items from the standpoint of rhetorical theory, with a secondary focus on history. I am most interested in how toys relate to the state management of popular responses to early Cold War concerns; this is particularly the case with fear and anxiety.
Posts may be excerpts of my work, or extraneous thoughts inspired by it. Please note that although I use images of artifacts, many of which are public domain, all written work is my own and is subject to copyright according to the sidebar text. If you would like to use material, please contact me.