University of Wisconsin–Madison

Leslie Bellais

Advisor: John Hall



My primary research interests are American fashion history, Wisconsin history, and the Progressive Era.


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


  • U.S. History

MA Title

  • “Bringing up the Rear: The History and Significance of Late Nineteenth 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