Sarah Pickman

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Sarah studies the history of exploration, field collecting, natural history museums and anthropology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is particularly interested in the material culture of expeditions, including expedition provisions and other gear for field science. For her dissertation, she plans to research the relationships between gentlemen explorers, native communities, scientists, patrons, and gear manufacturers at the turn of the twentieth century, with a focus on the exploration of the polar regions.
A native of White Plains, New York, Sarah earned a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture from the Bard Graduate Center of Bard College. Her M.A. thesis, which was chosen for the Clive Wainwright Award, explored (pardon the pun) the clothing worn by polar explorers of the early twentieth century, as a reflection of cultural and racial attitudes, corporate endorsements, and the image of science in popular media. Prior to starting her studies at Yale, she worked in administration at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.