Kelly Wenig

Teaching Assistant
Dept: Dean of Students Office
Office:208D Carver

Dissertation Topic: A demographic and technological history of the settlement of Indianapolis, Indiana
Major professor: Dr. Kathy Hilliard
Expected Date of Graduation: Spring 2017
Area of Research Specialization: I study the role of infrastructure change in Indianapolis, IN, from 1820-1860 to understand how American society adapted and evolved during the transition to capitalism in the Early West. In particular, I examine rural people in Marion County and how they adapted to the encroachment of market realities into their daily lives as a way to compare river-based cities of the eastern woodlands to the rail-based urban areas of the Plains and Far West to show how the Midwest was the training ground for settlement in the Far West.

Conference Presentations:

“Meeting the Market: Canals, Railroads, and the Upside of the Panic of 1837 in Marion County, Indiana,” Organization of American Historians Conference (April 2017)

“Country Roads: Markets, Infrastructure and Liberty in Marion County, IN, in the early 19th Century,” Agricultural History Society (June 2016)

“‘To Hold Himself in Readiness’: Horses, Thieves and Community in Marion County, Indiana in the Antebellum Era,” Agricultural History Society (June 2015)

“Laying the Rails of War: Infrastructure and Indianapolis in the Early 19th Century,” Northern Great Plains History Conference (October 2014)

“Place and Process: The Environment and Urban Expansion in Early Indianapolis,” Paul Lucas Conference, Indiana University (April 2014).

“Another Peril of Progress: Indiana Canals and Economic Collapse in the Mid-19th Century,” Agricultural History Society (June 2013)

“Fighting the Cold War in the Virtual Streets: Video Games as a Source Base for Social and Cultural History” Northern Great Plains History Conference (September 2011)

“Filthy Cellars and Healthy Pets: Relationships between Public Health, Pets and Veterinarians in Cincinnati Prior to World War I,” Queen City Colloquium (June 2009)

MA, University of Cincinnati, 2009
BA, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2006
Selected Publications
Review of Wisconsin Agriculture: A History by Jerry Apps, in Middle West Review (forthcoming).

Review of Parading Patriotism: Independence Day Celebrations in the Urban Midwest, 1826-1876 by Adam Criblez, in Journal of the Early Republic, Vol.34, No. 4 (Winter, 2014): 665-668.

Review of Creating Dairyland by Edward Janus, in Middle West Review, No. 1, (September 2014): 130-133