About

All our lives are collections curated by memory… The sum total of that deep archive is what makes us who we are.

–Richard Fortey, Dry Storeroom No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum

I’m from Savannah, Georgia.  I moved up north to attend Swarthmore College, then worked for a few years in Philadelphia’s nonprofit/arts and culture sector before heading to graduate school.

Along with my husband Erik, I now live in Providence, Rhode Island, where I am a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at Brown University. I study nineteenth-century cultural history and am working on a dissertation about phrenology, the self, and antebellum popular culture.

To contact me, email kvduffy@brown.edu.

The header image on the main page of this web site is the painting Interior with Portraits by Thomas LeClear (c. 1865).