Marilyn Morgan

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Marilyn Morgan, archivist, writer, researcher and creator of Consuming Cultures
Marilyn Morgan is a life-long swimmer, writer, researcher, an innovative project manager, an archivist, and a specialist in gender issues. She is the Manuscript Processing Archivist at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.


She focuses on inspiring, supporting, and disseminating academic research, especially related to women’s issues in popular culture. Her research investigates 20th-century and contemporary American history, popular culture, and material culture, especially advertising; consumerism; marketing to women; socially constructed gender roles; cultural aesthetics and beauty pageants; cosmetics; women and sport, media treatment of women athletes; youth culture; body image; dieting; gendering of sport; women’s swimming; eroticization of women athletes; and beach culture. She wrote her dissertation on The Star-Spangled Channel: Gender, Money and the Media in Marathon Swimming 1900-1936.


Morgan created a blog called Consuming Cultures with numerous well-researched articles that delve into the history of swimwear, swimming, and advertising in America.

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