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Janneken Smucker

Janneken Smucker

Janneken Smucker—historian, author, and digital humanist—has served on the Alliance board since 2005.  A 5th generation Mennonite quiltmaker, Janneken is author of Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). As Assistant Professor of History at West Chester University, she specializes in digital history and American material culture. She was co-editor and content strategist for the International Quilt Study Center & Museum digital project, World Quilts: The American Story. Previous publications include contributions to Unconventional and Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar, 1950-2000 (by Roderick Kiracofe, Abrams, 2014), “Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts (Brooklyn Museum, 2013), Amish Abstractions: Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2009) and Midwestern Amish Crib Quilts: The Sara Miller Collection (Good Books, 2003). She was co-recipient of the Oral History Association’s 2015 award for best non-print project and the American Historical Association’s 2016 Roy Rosenzweig Award for Innovation in Digital History for her work on Goin’ North: Stories from the First Great Migration to Philadelphia. Janneken earned her MA in Textile History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her PhD in the History of American Civilization from the University of Delaware. Learn more at www.janneken.org.

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