Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Kayla Dettingerkayla dettinger

M.A. Candidate
British History



B.A. (Hons) University of Windsor, 2016


I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Windsor where I majored in history and minored in French studies. Throughout my undergrad I had the opportunity to work on several digital history projects that combined my interests in archival studies and public history. At Queen’s University I will work under Dr. Sandra den Otter to study Victorian material culture and its role within the discourse of the separate spheres ideology. Specifically, I will study the British phenomenon of Chinamania, a craze for blue-and-white china, and the ways in which it impacted middle and upper class Victorian culture in the second half of the nineteenth century. Analyzing this particular consumer craze, my research will explore the ways Victorian society adapted, ranging from museums to print advertisements to Aestheticism, as it entered the age of materialism and faced a re-evaluation of gender roles.

Selected Presentations

“Digital Network Mapping.” International Colloquium on Knowledge Networks and Health Innovation in the (North and South) Americas – University of Michigan, 2016. Presentation of exhibit

“From the Blue Line to the Colour Line: Wilfred ‘Boomer’ Harding and Racialized Sport in the Border Cities.” UWill Discover Undergraduate Research Conference – University of Windsor, 2016. Presentation of exhibit

“Mary: The Life and Times of Mrs. Edward C. Walker of Willistead Manor.” Botsford Dinner and Award Presentation – Essex County Historical Society, 2015. Presentation of research paper and exhibit