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  • 1. Rebecca Onion/CV Rebecca Stiles Onion Curriculum VitaeCurrent Address: Phone: [redacted for Web][redacted for Web] rebeccaonion@gmail.com www.rebeccaonion.com On Twitter: @rebeccaonionEducationDoctoral Candidate, American Studies, University of Texas at Austin Defense date: November 13, 2012 Dissertation: “How Science Became Child’s Play: Science, Technology, and the Culture of American Childhood, 1890-1970″ Committee: Janet Davis (co-supervisor); Julia Mickenberg (co-supervisor); Jeffrey Meikle; Bruce Hunt; John Hartigan Comprehensive Exam Fields: American Civilization (Julia Mickenberg); Environmental and Animal Studies (Janet Davis); Technology and Culture (Jeffrey Meikle); Cultural Anthropology (John Hartigan)M.A., American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, May 2007 Thesis: “Sled Dog Stories: Discourses of Domestication, Race, and Work in Alaska, 1867-1925” Thesis Director: Janet Davis; Thesis Reader: Julia MickenbergB.A., American Studies, Yale University, cum laude, with distinction, May 2000 Thesis: “Pain, Fear, and Transcendence: Narrative Constructions in the National Media Reaction to the Columbine High School Shootings” Thesis Director: Jean-Christophe AgnewResearch Interests Twentieth-century American cultural history, history of science and technology, childhood studies, digital humanities, animal studies, environmental studies, material culture, visual culturePublications (Peer-Reviewed)Journal Articles:“Writing a ‘Wonderland’ of Science: Child-Authored Periodicals at the Brooklyn Children’sMuseum, 1936-1946.” American Periodicals, scheduled for Spring 2013. Accepted, in process ofrevision. 1
  • 2. Rebecca Onion/CV“Picturing Nature and Childhood at the American Museum of Natural History and theBrooklyn Children’s Museum, 1899-1930.” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Vol. 4,No. 3 (Fall 2011), 434-469.“Reclaiming the Machine: An Introductory Look at Steampunk in Everyday Practice.”Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies 1:1 (Autumn 2008), 138-163.Book Chapters:“Ronnie Vinikoff,” “James McMurtry” (both with Lisa Powell), oral histories in The Republicof Barbecue: Stories Beyond the Brisket, a project carried out by UT/Austin American Studiesgraduate students and published by the University of Texas Press in 2009.“Environmental Health, Biological Risk, and Medical Display: The Individualist Etiologiesof BODY WORLDS,” in The Anatomy of Body Worlds, ed. Thora Jespersen et. al (Jefferson,NC: McFarland, 2008), 55-65.“Sled Dogs of the American North: On Masculinity, Whiteness, and Human Freedom,” inAnimals and Agency, ed. Sarah MacFarland and Ryan Hediger (Leiden: Brill Academic, 2009),129-156.Blog Post:“Teaching the Hunger Games in the Undergraduate American Studies Classroom.” Blog of theAmerican Studies Journal, June 22, 2012 (http://amsjournal.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/on-teaching-teaching-the-hunger-games-in-the-undergraduate-american-studies-classroom/).Encyclopedia Entry:“Theodore Roethke,” in Modern American Environmentalists: A Biographical Encyclopedia, ed.G.A. Cevasco (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 421-426.Review Publications:Review: Analisa Leppanen-Guerra. Children’s Stories and “Child-Time” in the Works of JosephCornell. The Lion and the Unicorn, forthcoming in Fall 2012.Review: Sally Kohlstedt, Teaching Children Science: Hands-On Nature Study in North America,1890-1930. Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Fall 2011), 518-520.Review: Nelson Lichtenstein, ed., American Capitalism: Social Thought and Political Economy in theTwentieth Century. E3W Review of Books, Vol. 9 (Spring 2009), 38-39.Review: Documentary Film: “King Corn.” Green Theory & Praxis: The Journal of Ecopedagogy,Vol. 4, No. 1 (2008), 122-124. 2
  • 3. Rebecca Onion/CVPublications (Non-Peer-Reviewed)2011 Column for Society for the History of Childhood and Youth newsletter (“Songbirds and Satellites: Blogging the History of Childhood”)2011 Article for the Pasteur Foundation’s website (“Louis Pasteur Microscope Set”)2010 Column on toys and culture for Paperweight: A Newspaper of Visual and Material Culture, Summer 2010-presentFellowships and Grants2012-2014 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science2010-2011 William S. Livingston Graduate Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin2011 Summer Research Grant, Department of American Studies, University of Texas at Austin2011 Research Grant, Friends of the Princeton University Library2011 Shin Pond Summer Retreat Program Fellowship, Humane Society of the United States2010 Robert A. Heinlein Online Archives Research Grant2010 Chemical Heritage Foundation Travel Grant2010 Hannah Beiter Graduate Student Research Grant, Children’s Literature Association2007 Liberal Arts Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin2007 Stott Travel Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin2005-2006 Harrington Fellowship, University of Texas at AustinScholarly Honors and Prizes2012 Honorable Mention, Neil Sutherland Award, Best Article in the History of Childhood and Youth. Given by History of Childhood and Youth Group, Canadian Historical Association2011 Winner, Graduate Research Award, University Co-Op, University of Texas at Austin2011 BootCamp Fellowship, to attend THATCamp, awarded by Mellon and Kress Foundations2008 Winner, Outstanding Thesis Award, University Co-Op, University of Texas at Austin2008 Invited to speak at the Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars, University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum2008 Travel Award to attend University College Dublin Clinton Institute Summer School, given by University of Texas at Austin Department of American Studies2007 Graduate Participant, University of Texas at Austin Humanities Institute Faculty Seminar, “The Human and its Others” 3
  • 4. Rebecca Onion/CVDigital Humanities Interests Digital archives, public history online, online scholarly communities, bibliographic records management systems, copyright and open access, the humanities and social media, blogging (WordPress, Tumblr, Blogspot), digital pedagogyDigital Humanities Experience2012-present Assistant Coordinator, THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp), Center for History and New Media, George Mason University • Revise and update documentation for organizers and participants of THATCamp “unconferences” (samples of organizer handbook at http://thatcamp.org/plan/download- the-handbook/) • Work remotely with THATCamp coordinator Amanda French to implement goals of Mellon-funded project2012-present Maintain active scholarly presence on Tumblr (www.rebeccaonion.tumblr.com)2012 Attended THATCamp Liberal Arts Colleges, Austin, TX; THATCamp Prime, George Mason University, VA; THATCamp Philly, Philadelphia, PA2012 Taught spring section of American Studies course Popular Culture and American Childhood (www.popcultureandamericanchildhood.com) • Students contributed blog posts to WordPress course site, including analysis of primary sources, reading reflections, and news posts • Course included instruction in research using the Web and library databases2011 Taught fall section of American Studies course Popular Culture and American Childhood (www.americanchildhoods.com) • Students worked on building the Archive of Childhood (www.archiveofchildhood.com), a WordPress site connecting course readings with objects from student childhoods • Students used Zotero for research and writing • Course included instruction in research using the Web and library databases2011 Gave professional development presentation for fellow graduate students: “Beyond Citation Management: Using Zotero to Shape Your Graduate Research”2011 Blogger for University of Texas Department of American Studies website, AMS :: ATX (http://amstudies.wordpress.com/) 4
  • 5. Rebecca Onion/CV2011 Attended THATCamp Southeast, Atlanta, GA2011 Created public Zotero library aggregating scholarly work in Childhood Srudies (https://www.zotero.org/groups/childhood_studies_scholarlysecondary_so urces/items)2010-2012 Maintained research blog, Songbirds and Satellites (http://www.rebeccaonion.com/songbirds-and-satellites/)2010-present Maintain active scholarly presence on Twitter (@rebeccaonion)2009-2010 Research Assistant to Dr. Penne Restad, History Department, University of Texas at Austin • Assisted with curriculum development for twentieth-century American history survey • In collaboration with professor, created WordPress course website: http://sites.la.utexas.edu/history2point0/ (password “oldschool”) • During term of assistantship, maintained and updated course website’s blog2007-2008 Maintained orals reading blog, La Biblioteca de Babel (http://bifurcan.blogspot.com)Research Experience2007-2008 Research Assistant to Dr. Janet Davis, American Studies Department, University of Texas at Austin • Assisted with research for book project, including archival work and Spanish-to-English translationTeaching InterestsAmerican history survey, Introduction to American Studies, popular culture, technology andculture, popular science, environmental history, animal studies, history ofchildhood/childhood studies, material culture, food studies, digital humanitiesTeaching Experience2011 Assistant Instructor, Department of American Studies, University of Texas at Austin • Course Title: Popular Culture and American Childhood • Introductory seminar in American Studies, with a Writing Flag • Planned original curriculum, while implementing university- wide Writing Flag requirements 5
  • 6. Rebecca Onion/CV • Students worked with primary sources, engaged in scholarly conversations about popular culture, and produced writing for the Web • Course Websites: americanchildhoods.com (F’11), popcultureandamericanchildhood.com (S ’12) • Syllabi: http://americanchildhoods.com/syllabus/ (F ’11), http://popcultureandamericanchildhood.com/syllabus/ (S ’12) • Evaluations available upon request2008-2009 Assistant Instructor, Department of Rhetoric and Writing, University of Texas at Austin • Course Title: Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition • Used guidelines provided by department to plan curriculum • Students revised, peer-reviewed, and workshopped original argumentative essays • Evaluations available upon request2008-2009 Consultant, University Writing Center, University of Texas at Austin • Collaborated with students to advance writing projects2007 Supplemental Instruction Leader, University of Texas at Austin Learning Center • Led discussion sections attached to large lecture class; provided instruction in study skills & written communication2006-2007 Teaching Assistant, American Studies Department, University of Texas at Austin • Course Titles: Introduction to American Studies: Femininity and Masculinity in America (Dr. Elizabeth Engelhardt); Main Currents in American Culture through 1865 (Dr. Shirley Thompson)Professional PresentationsSeptember 2012 “Dark Futures: Environmental Catastrophes and American Childhood in the 1970s,” Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science Introductory Symposium, Philadelphia, PAMarch 2012 “Making Science Fun: Critical Intersections of Science and Childhood in 20th-Century American Culture,” University of Texas at Austin History of Science Colloquium, Austin, TXOctober 2011 “Reality in the Basement: Science Sets, Home Laboratories, & the Market for the Modern Mind.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD 6
  • 7. Rebecca Onion/CVJuly 2011 “The Story of a Wonder World: Science, Industry, and the ‘Romance of Reality’ in American Kids’ Books of the 1920s and 1930s.” Brown- bag talk for the Friends of the Princeton University Library, Princeton, NJJune 2011 “Science, Childhood, and the ‘Informational’ Book: Knowing the Modern World in the 1920s and 1930s.” Children’s Literature Association annual meeting, Hollins, VANovember 2010 “Varieties of Scientific Experience: The American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and the Production of Wonder, 1900-1930.” American Studies Association annual meeting, San Antonio, TXApril 2010 “Melding Childhood Studies, Science Studies, and the History of Education.” Exploring Childhood Studies Conference, Childhood Studies Graduate Program, Rutgers-Camden, Camden, NJMarch 2010 “Doing history with Team-Based Learning in a large survey U.S. history course.” With Penne Restad and Michael Sweet. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Team Based Learning Collaborative, New Orleans, LouisianaApril 2008 “Reclaiming the Machine: Steampunk Practice and the Humanization of the Technological Object,” Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars, Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, DelawareNovember 2007 “Re-articulating the Native, Claiming the Human: Man-Dog Relationships in the New American North,” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Portland, MEJune 2007 “Colonial Narratives, Written on The Animal Body: The Watercolors of Walton Ford,” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, Spartanburg, SCMarch 2007 “Gender and the Frontier in Alaska.” Guest lecture, Intro to American Studies undergraduate class (for Dr. Elizabeth Engelhardt)November 2006 “Visions of Carnivore Ecology in Children’s Culture: Dinotopia and Jurassic Park,” Carnivores 2006 (Defenders of Wildlife conference), Tampa, FLOctober 2006 “Lead Dogs and Heroic Masculinity in the New Age of Celebrity,” Western Literature Association, Boise, IDFebruary 2006 “The Endless Quest for Authenticity: The Lord of the Rings and Teenage Girls,” SW/TX Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM 7
  • 8. Rebecca Onion/CVPanels (As Organizer)2012 Organized panel for the American Studies Association annual meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico (upcoming in November 2012) • “Space, Place, and Privilege: The New Geographies of Childhood” (co-organized with Nicholas Syrett; sponsored by Childhood and Youth Studies Caucus)2011 Organized two panels for the American Studies Association annual meeting, Baltimore, MD • “Objects of Learning: Material Culture, Imaginative Pedagogy, and the Transformation of American Childhood, 1880-1980” (co-organized with Sarah Carter; sponsored by Material Culture Caucus) • “From Decay to Deterioration: Questioning the Aesthetics of Abandonment” (sponsored by Visual Culture Caucus)2006 Organizer and facilitator, faculty roundtable, UT American Studies Graduate Conference, Austin, TX • “Pushing ‘Interdisciplinary’ to the Limit”Conferences and Talks (As Organizer)2009 Organized visit of guest speaker Cindi Katz, Childhood Studies Graduate Research Cluster, University of Texas at Austin2008 Member of committee to organize MEPHISTOS graduate conference in the history, anthropology, and sociology of science2007 Member of committee to organize UT American Studies Graduate Conference2006 Co-organized UT American Studies Graduate ConferenceService2008 Mentor, Intellectual Entrepreneurship Program, University of Texas at Austin • Acted as advisor to undergraduate American Studies major interested in attending graduate schoolAdditional Work Experience2002-present Freelance writer, multiple popular publications • Clients have included ELLEgirl, the Austin-American Statesman, Time Out New York, Slate.com, The New Republic’s website, the New Haven Advocate). 8
  • 9. Rebecca Onion/CV • See www.rebeccaonion.com/publications/freelance for clips.2001-2003 Staff writer, ym magazineLanguagesFluent in SpanishIntermediate Proficiency in ItalianProfessional AffiliationsSince 2005 American Studies Association memberSince 2007 Society for the History of Childhood and Youth memberSince 2010 History of Science Society MemberSince 2010 Children’s Literature Association memberReferencesJanet DavisAssociate ProfessorDepartment of American Studies/Department of HistoryUniversity of Texas at Austin1 University Station B7100Austin, TX 78712Office Phone: 512.232.1848 or 512.471.7277Email: janetmdavis@austin.utexas.eduJulia MickenbergAssociate ProfessorDepartment of American StudiesUniversity of Texas at Austin1 University Station B7100Austin, TX 78712Office Phone: 512.232.2650 or 512.471.7277Email: mickenberg@mail.utexas.eduJeffrey MeikleProfessorDepartment of American Studies/Department of Art and Art HistoryUniversity of Texas at Austin1 University Station B7100Austin, TX 78712Office Phone: 512.232.2166 or 512.471.7277Email: meikle@mail.utexas.eduBruce HuntAssociate Professor 9
  • 10. Rebecca Onion/CVDepartment of HistoryUniversity of Texas at Austin1 University Station B7000Austin, TX 78712Office Phone: 512.232.6109Email: bjhunt@mail.utexas.eduPenne L. Restad (Teaching Reference)Distinguished Senior LecturerDepartment of HistoryUniversity of Texas at Austin1 University Station B7000Austin, TX 78712Office Phone: 512.475.7233Email: restad@mail.utexas.edu 10