College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
  Zara Anishanslin
Assistant Professor

Zara Anishanslin
Assistant Professor

Office : Building 2N Room 208
Phone : 718.982.3244
Fax : 718.982.2864

Degrees :
PhD, History of American Civilization, University of Delaware

Biography / Academic Interests :
Professor Anishanslin specializes in Early American and Atlantic World History, with a focus on eighteenth-century material culture. Anishanslin received her PhD in the History of American Civilization at the University of Delaware in 2009, where her dissertation won the prize for Best Dissertation in the Humanities.  In 2011, it also won the University of Pennsylvania’s Zuckerman National Prize in American Studies.

In 2014-15, Anishanslin was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the New York Historical Society. In 2009-2010, Anishanslin was the Patrick Henry Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at Johns Hopkins University. Additional fellowships include grants from the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, The Huntington Library, the American Antiquarian Society, Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center, The Library Company, Harvard Atlantic Seminar, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies, and the Winterthur Museum. She is co-chair of the Seminar in Early American History and Culture at Columbia University.  

In 2015-16, she will serve as coordinator of the MA Program in History at CSI.

Scholarship / Publications :
Portrait of a Woman in Silk: Hidden Histories of the British Atlantic World (Yale University Press, forthcoming 2016).

Through the story of a portrait of a woman in a silk dress, Anishanslin tells hidden histories of the eighteenth-century British Atlantic World. While most scholarship on commodities focuses either on labor and production or on consumption and use, Anishanslin unifies both, examining the worlds of four identifiable people who produced, wore, and represented this object: a London weaver, one of early modern Britain’s few women silk designers, a Philadelphia merchant’s wife, and a New England painter. Anishanslin’s cultural history shows how making, buying, and using goods in the British Atlantic created an object-based community that tied its inhabitants together, while also allowing for different views of the Empire.

“ ‘This is the Skin of a Whit[e] Man:’ Material Memories of Violence in Sullivan's Campaign," in Patrick Spero and Michael Zuckerman, eds., The American Revolution Reborn (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming 2016).  

“Producing Empire: The British Empire in Theory and Practice,” in Andrew Shankman, ed., The World of the Revolutionary Republic: Expansion, Conflict, and the Struggle for a Continent (Routledge Press, 2014).