Lasdow, Kathryn

Field: United States; Advisor: Blackmar; Year: 2012

Katy Lasdow is a doctoral candidate in early American history at Columbia University. Her research focuses on architecture, city building, and material culture in the early republic. She is currently writing a dissertation entitled, “A Spirit of Improvement: Construction, Conflict, and Community in Early-National Port Cities.” The Library Company of Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, among others, have generously supported her project.

Katy has an avid interest in historic preservation and public history. Currently, she is the Assistant Public Historian at Brooklyn Historical Society curating the Waterfront exhibition opening in late 2017. Katy has also worked for the White House Historical Association, the Historic American Buildings Survey, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. She is a recipient of History in Action project awards and a research assistantship from the American Historical Association and Columbia University career diversity initiative.

She graduated magna cum laude from the College of William of Mary with Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Music Performance, and a certificate in Early American History, Material Culture, and Museum Studies from the National Institute of American History and Democracy. She received a Masters Degree in Architectural History from the University of Virginia.

From 2013 to 2015, Katy was a rapporteur for the Columbia Early American Seminar. She plays oboe with the Brooklyn Wind Symphony.