Bio & Research
Cynthia E. Chin is a doctoral candidate (ABD) at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on the material culture of early America & eighteenth-century Europe: the
intersections of semiotics, gender, emotion, self-fashioning, replicated experience and the body/wearing.
Her dissertation examines one of Martha Washington's surviving extant gowns as a primary source document crucial to understanding her biography and choices, textiles in British America, the underrepresented and potentially enslaved makers, and the broader global social, political, and economic ecosystems of the eighteenth-century Atlantic world.
Cynthia holds a B.A. from Colgate University in art history and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University. She has held positions at George Washington's Mount Vernon, The U.S. House of Representatives, and Deloitte Consulting.
Cynthia's work has been featured in Textile History, The Junto, Washington's Quill (The Washington Papers Project/The University of Virginia), Mount Vernon Magazine, What Weekly Magazine, The Saranac Review, Ellipsis: Literature and Art, The Slush Pile Magazine, The Baltimore Review, and on MountVernon.org.
Her most recent lectures and presentations include The National Library for the Study of George Washington and Yale University. Upcoming lectures in 2019 include the DAR Museum in Washington, D.C.
Publications & Lectures
Silk brocades, 18th c. Private collection of the author.
Right: French or English stomacher, ca. 1760s.