Katy Lasdow

I am a doctoral student in Early American History at Columbia University who focuses on architecture, urbanism, and material culture in early republic. I’m interested in the intersections between urban development, political authority, and consumerism in early American port cities and around the Atlantic World. Currently, I am undertaking research that examines the Federalist-funded and Bulfinch-designed Broad Street, India Street, and India Wharf developments in Boston from 1803 to 1812.

I 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. I also earned a Master’s Degree in Architectural History from the University of Virginia.

I have an avid interest in historic preservation and public history. Prior to Columbia, I 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, I am currently working on a building tour redesign with the Brooklyn Historical Society and as a tour guide for Big Onion Walking Tours.

At Columbia, I serve as Co-President of the Graduate History Association and rapporteur for the University Seminar on Early American History & Culture. I also play oboe with the Columbia University Orchestra.