Helen Sheumaker

Contact Information

photo of Helen Sheumaker272 Upham Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-7339


Teaching Professor
History; Global and Intercultural Studies (American Studies)


PhD, University of Kansas
MA, University of Kansas
BA, University of Kansas


Dr. Sheumaker teaches courses in public history, American Studies, and history and memory. Her students are often in the archives and creating online exhibits for local history groups.


Sheumaker's work focuses on issues of consumerism in 19th- and early 20th-century United States. She is the author of Love Entwined: The Curious History of Human Hairwork (University of Pennsylvania Press); author of Artifacts from Modern America (2017), a collection of essays about objects in 20th century American life ranging from the birth control pill to the telephone, bicycle, automobile campers, and protest button pins; and is co-editor of American Material Culture: An Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO). She has authored several articles on material culture and narratives of collecting as well as essays related to pedagogy and classroom techniques.

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