Katherine C. (Kasey) Grier joined the Department of History as a full professor
and Director of the Museum Studies Program in September 2008. A graduate
of Princeton University (B.A. 1975), the Cooperstown Graduate Program in
Historical Museum Studies (M.A. 1980), and the University of Delaware (Ph.D.
American Civilization, History, 1988), Dr. Grier is a specialist in material culture
studies whose research interests lie in the history of everyday life in America,
especially household routines, domestic interiors, and foodways. Her most
current book, Pets in America: A History (University of North Carolina Press,
2006) grew out of a developing interest in the history of animal-human
interaction. Her current research interests in this field include the development
of the pet food industry, the lives of animals in American cities, and selective
breeding of small animals for ornamental purposes. Dr. Grier is also the
curator of “Pets in America: The Story of Our Lives with Animals at Home,” a
travelling exhibition that has been touring the United States since 2006.