Leslie A. Bellais

TA: History of Science 212 with Lecturer Suzanna Schulert

lbellais@wisc.edu

Advisor: John Hall

Office: 4268 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 5087 Mosse Humanities
Phone: 608.263.1687
Office Hours: Mondays 1:30-3:30

Bucky


Biography

In January 2019, I retired after 28.5+ years as the Curator of Social History (formerly Curator of Costume & Textiles) at the Wisconsin Historical Society. My primary research interest has been in 19th century women’s clothing, especially underwear. Currently, my broader interest is in midwestern history, especially Wisconsin, with an emphasis on crime and vigilantism.

Education

M.A., College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, US History to 1815, museum management training
M.A., University of Wisconsin, US History, material culture minor
B.A., Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA, historic preservation

Field

  • United States History

MA Title

  • “Bringing Up the Rear: The History and Significance of Late 19th Century Bustles”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “‘Traitor State’: A Crisis of Loyalty in World War I Wisconsin”

Selected Publications

  • Wisconsin Magazine of History

Professional Affiliations

  • Costume Society of America, Midwest Region board member