Jess Clark is an assistant professor at Brock University, where her research focuses on the history of gender, imperial economies, and cultural networks in the British World. She earned her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 2012. At Hopkins, she completed fields of study in the history of early modern and modern Britain, modern Europe, nineteenth and twentieth-century women’s history, and the social history of medicine and the body.
Jess’ monograph, Beauty Brokers: artifice and enterprise in Victorian Britain, is an innovative exploration of London’s commercial beauty and grooming industry that focuses on a critical moment of economic and cultural transformation not yet addressed in previous studies of beauty consumption. It reveals how material developments converged with cultural discourses on beauty to reshape a Victorian culture that demanded the concealment of artificial manipulation into one that tolerated and sanctioned women’s overt beauty consumption. It does so by tracking the demographic profile of discrete London spaces and the material practices and social networks of its local merchants, both male and female.
Jess’ work has appeared in the Women’s History Review, History Compass, and Gender and Material Culture in Britain since 1600 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
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