Amanda E. Regan
I am a historian of the late-nineteenth and twentieth-centuries. I’m also a specialist in digital history and am currently a Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at Southern Methodist University’s Center for Presidential History.
I earned my Ph.D. from George Mason University in 2019. From 2013 to 2015 I was a Digital History Fellow at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM). Following my fellowship, I continued at RRCHNM where I served as the Software Development Manger for the PressForward Project and as the Managing Editor of Digital Humanities Now.
My research sits at the intersection of women’s history, fitness history, and history of the body. Additionally, my work often relies upon computational methodologies as a research tool for examining large corpuses of primary sources and gleaning new insights. My current book, Shaping Up: Physical Fitness for Women 1880-1965, examines why the fitness of female bodies was a matter of national concern and interest throughout the twentieth century.
I am also the co-director of Mapping the Gay Guides, a digital mapping project that draws on Bob Damron’s Address Books, a prolific set of travel guides that became almost survival guides to gay and queer travelers across the United States in the last three decades of the twentieth century. Much like the Green Books of the 1950s and 1960s, which African Americans used to find friendly businesses that would cater to black citizens in the era of Jim Crow apartheid, Damron’s guidebooks aided a generation of queer people in identifying sites of community, pleasure, and politics.Our research team has begun turning the thousands of listings within the guides into usable, functioning data to allow researchers to make connections between historical queer communities.