American Social and Cultural History; Women and Gender; Capitalism; Consumer Society; Urban History; Space and the Built Environment
Consumers' Metropolis: Gender, Class, and Space in Chicago
Emily A. Remus is a doctoral candidate in American history. She researches and teaches courses in United States history, women’s and gender history, urban history, and the histories of capitalism and consumer society. Her dissertation, “Consumers’ Metropolis: Gender, Class, and Space in Chicago,” examines the incorporation of women of Chicago’s bourgeoisie into new commercial public spaces created by America’s burgeoning consumer economy at the turn of the twentieth century—a moment when Chicago emerged as a laboratory of urban modernism. Remus demonstrates that the new publicity of Chicago ladies as consumers of urban pleasure provoked intense conflict among moral reformers, religious leaders, city officials, and businessmen over the cultural practices of commercial capitalism, the legitimate use of public space, and the place of women. By examining the experience of Chicago's monied women within broader contests over the rules of urban commercial sociability, Remus’s dissertation casts new light on the making of modern consumer culture, the creation of the built environment, and the reshaping of ideals of gender, race, and class amid capitalist transformation. Remus earned a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.A. from the University of Chicago.