American Studies PhD Student
Christine Bachman-Sanders is getting her Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation research examines the relationship between the “new woman,” American imperialism, and bicycle tourism in the 1890s. To do this work, she uses queer theory as an approach to the cycling history archive to analyze a topic that isn’t obviously “queer,” thereby exploring how one can apply queer theory to unexpected case studies. In general, Christine’s research interests are focused on queer and feminist studies, critical race theory, and studies of travel and empire. When not researching bicycles, she is riding them; in 2013, Christine and her partner, Ian, bicycled across the United States, and in 2015, they cycled through the UK, France, Switzerland, Germany, and Denmark.