Laura Polucha is a Ph.D. student at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York studying visual and material culture of the long nineteenth century in Europe and North America. She earned her M.A. in Art History & Archaeology from Columbia University in 2017, where her work focused on issues related to gender and self-fashioning through portraits, “decorative” arts objects and domestic interiors. Laura takes an interdisciplinary approach to her research, often incorporating sources such as contemporary novels, periodicals, fashion plates and advertisements into her analysis, allowing for examinations of the exchanges between art and popular culture. She has held internships at various institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.