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Graduate Student Research Fellow
Jacques Vest is a Ph.D. student who earned a B.A. and M.A. -- both in history -- at Virginia Commonwealth University before coming to Michigan in 2011. His focus is on the nineteenth century United States with particular attention paid to mass culture and its relationship to economic, intellectual, and technological currents. His dissertation research will explore the early sound recording industry and will seek to articulate a relationship between the evolution of popular music and ways of seeing, hearing, and being on one hand and the manifold prerogatives of capital and the state on the other.
Jacques' research in the coming months will entail preliminary explorations of key archives -- the Library of Congress, the Lemelson Center for the Study of Innovation and Invention (Washington, DC), the Hagley Museum and Library (Wilmington, DE), the New York City Public Library, and Sony's corporate archives in New York.
Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies
Haven HallRoom 1521435 South State St.
Ann Arbor, MI