Amanda Sikarskie

Amanda Sikarskie

Amanda Sikarskie

Amanda Sikarskie
Dr. Amanda Sikarskie
Ph.D., Michigan State University (2011)
American Art & Material Culture, History of Clothing & Textiles, Public History, Museum Studies, Digital History


Mailing Address
Department of History
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5334


I have taught a range of courses in public history, including museum studies courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Currently, I teach the fine arts area general education course HIST 3150: Popular Art & Architecture in America in both fall and spring.  I also teach in the Gwen Frostic School of Art here at Western.


My current research interests include Spitalfields and French silk, the textile traditions of India, clothing and textiles of the 1970s, contemporary American Indian fashion designers, genealogy as research method in public history, and the intersection of social media and museum practice.

Recent Publications


Sikarskie, Amanda Grace.  Textile Collections: Preservation, Access, Curation, and Interpretation in the Digital Age.  Rowman & Littlefield, in association with the American Association of State and Local History Press.  Forthcoming in 2016.

Book Chapters
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace.  “Living the #Quilt Life: Talking About Quiltmaking On Tumblr.”  In Hashtag Publics: The Power and Politics of Discursive Networks.  Ed.  Nathan Rambukkana. Digital Formations Ser.  Peter Lang.  Forthcoming.

Sikarskie, Amanda.  “Citizen Scholars: Facebook and the Co-Creation of Knowledge.”  In Writing History in a Digital Age.  Eds.  Jack Daugherty and Kristen Nawrotzki.  Trinity College Press, in association with University of Michigan Publishing, 2013.

Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Articles
Sikarskie, Amanda Grace.  “Reconsidering Erica: Erica Wilson and the Quilt Revival.”  Uncoverings.  Fall 2015.  Forthcoming.

Sikarskie, Amanda Grace.  “Racing With Kangaroos and Chatting With Paintings: Augmented Reality in Museum Exhibitions.”  Exhibitionist.  Vol. 32.  No. 2.  Fall 2013.

MacDowell, Marsha, Justine Richardson, Mary Worrall, Amanda Grace Sikarskie and Steve Cohen.  “Quilted Together: How the Quilt Index is Interweaving Material Culture Pedagogy Resources with the World’s Foremost Online Quilt Database.” Winterthur Portfolio.  Special Issue on Material Culture Pedagogy.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Summer/Autumn 2013.


Department of History
4301 Friedmann Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5334 USA
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