Graduate Dissertation Fellow, 2022-23
Carolyn Zola is a PhD candidate focusing on gender and labor in eighteenth and nineteenth century North America. Working at the intersection of social and cultural history, her dissertation explores the lived experiences of female hucksters, street peddlers, and market women who sold food in port cities, both in the formal economies of public markets and in the vernacular economies of the streets. Her work also analyzes the profusion of representations generated by these women’s presence in public spaces in order to better understand these ubiquitous yet elusive sellers. A Bay Area native, she worked in theater, studied at City College of San Francisco, and earned her B.A. in History at U.C. Berkeley before coming to Stanford.