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Amanda Regan

Amanda Regan

Assistant Professor

Department of History
Office: Hardin Hall 004

PhD, George Mason University (2019); MA, California State University, San Marcos (2013)


Digital History, U.S. History, Women and Gender History

Research Interests
US 1877-1975; Digital Methods; Women; LGBTQ; Cultural history

Professor Regan is a historian of the late-nineteenth and twentieth-centuries. She specializes in gender and women's history as well as digital history. Her current book project, Shaping Up: Physical Fitness Initiatives for Women, 1880-1965, examines particular instances in the late nineteenth and twentieth-century when the state sought to encourage the fitness of female bodies. Shaping Up argues that the discourse of fitness became a powerful instrument in managing women’s bodies around a series of conflicting social, economic, and political demands.

Professor Regan also specializes in digital history and her work often relies upon computational methodologies as a research tool for examining large corpuses of primary sources and gleaning new insights. She is the co-Primary Investigator and Digital Lead on Mapping the Gay Guides, an NEH funded digital history project that seeks to map entries from historical LGBTQ guidebooks and make connections between historical queer communities. Previously, Professor Regan was a Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at Southern Methodist University's Center for Presidential History and a Digital History Fellow at George Mason University's Roy Rosenzweig's Center for History and New Media.


Selected Professional Works

Books (In Production or Under Contract)

Shaping Up: Physical Fitness Initiatives for Women, 1880-1965 (under contract with the University of Virginia Press).

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

“Mining Mind and Body: Approaches and Considerations for Using Topic Modeling to Identify Discourses in Digitized Publications,” Journal of Sport History 44, no. 2 (Summer 2017):160-77.

Amanda Regan and Eric Gonzaba, “Mapping the ‘New Gay South:’ Queer Space and Southern Life 1965-1980,” The Southern Quarterly 58, no. 1, (2020): 11-25.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Accepted or Submitted)

Amanda Regan, Laura Crossley, and Josh Catalano, “Grant Funded Research and Graduate Student Success," in Digital Futures of Graduate Study in the Humanities, ed. Anouk Lang, Gabriel Hankins and Simon Appleford. (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming.)

Digital Works, Videos, CDs & DVDs, Software (Published)

“Mapping the Gay Guides,” Co-Project Director and Digital Lead.

“Mining Eleanor Roosevelt’s My Day Columns,” with Joshua Catalano, May 2017. https:// my day/

“Mapping Gymnasiums in Boston,” Visualization.

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