Assistant Professor

of American History and the College

Affiliated Faculty, Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies

PhD 2009 University of California, Berkeley
AB 2001 University of California, Berkeley

Mailing Address

The University of Chicago
Department of History
1126 E. 59th Street, Mailbox 79
Chicago, IL 60637

Social Science Research Building, room 216 – Office
(773) 702-0664 – Office telephone
(773) 702-7550 – Fax

Field Specialties

Nineteenth-century American cultural and social history; visual culture; urban history; modern mass culture; gender; the American West; history of technology, communications, and distance; mortality, history, and memory


Amy Lippert's first book, Consuming Identities: Visual Culture in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco (Oxford, 2018), focuses on visual representations of people as essential components in the cultural history of modern life. Her research and teaching explore the cultural and urban history of the United States in the nineteenth century, with a special interest in the mass production, consumption, and interaction with visual imagery and problems of perception. She teaches courses on American visual culture; mass entertainment; nineteenth-century U.S. cultural and social history; the U.S. West; American urban history; gender and sexuality; and death and memory. Her current projects address the ways that images have intersected with and influenced the central themes of nineteenth-century history; the interrelation of celebrity and photography; tourism, racial classification, and visuality; as well as research on the dynamics of gender, imagery, and higher education in capitalist society. 


"The Visual Pedagogy of Reform: Picturing White Slavery in America." Journal of Urban History 45, no. 2, Mar. 2019

Consuming Identities: Visual Culture and Celebrity in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.

"'Seeing Just About Everything': Visual Desire, Love, and Lust in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco." In "Regards croisés sur San Francisco: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the City by the Bay." Special issue, Transatlantique 1 (2009).


Publishes Consuming Identities: Visual Culture and Celebrity in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco (Oxford, 2018)


Delivers Emerging Scholars Lecture on celebrity at the University of Chicago Urban Network, 2014 [video, 72 minutes]