Katy Lasdow, a doctoral student in Early American History at Columbia University, focuses on architecture, urbanism, and material culture in early republic. She is interested in the intersections between urban development, political authority, and consumerism in early American port cities and around the Atlantic World. She is currently undertaking research that examines the Federalist-funded and Bulfinch-designed Broad Street, India Street, and India Wharf developments in Boston from 1803 to 1812.
Katy graduated magna cum laude from the College of William of Mary with Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Music Performance, and a certificate in “Early American History, Material Culture, and Museum Studies” from the National Institute of American History and Democracy. She then received a Master’s Degree in Architectural History from the University of Virginia.
Katy has an avid interest in historic preservation and public history. Prior to Columbia, she worked as a Research and Education Assistant for the White House Historical Association, was the Sally Kress Tompkins Research Fellow with the Historic American Buildings Survey, and conducted architectural research and fieldwork for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. In New York, she is currently working on a building tour redesign with the Brooklyn Historical Society and is a tour guide for Big Onion Walking Tours.
At Columbia, Katy serves as Co-President of the Graduate History Association, is a rapporteur for the University Seminar on Early American History & Culture, and plays oboe with the Columbia University Orchestra.