Katy Lasdow

Katy Lasdow is a doctoral student in early American history at Columbia University, with a focus on architecture, city building, and material culture in early republic. She is interested in the intersections between urban improvement projects, political authority, and the rise of capitalism in early American port cities and around the Atlantic World. Under the direction of Elizabeth Blackmar, Katy is currently undertaking research that examines the Charles Bulfinch-designed India Wharf and Broad Street developments in Boston from 1803-1812.

She 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, under the direction of Louis Nelson.

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. Katy is the author of Brooklyn Historical Society’s architectural and social history building tour, “This is Brooklyn.” You can also find her exploring the streets of Manhattan as a tour guide for Big Onion Walking Tours.

From 2013-2014, Katy served as Co-President of the Graduate History Association. She is a rapporteur for the Columbia University Seminar on Early American History & Culture, and plays oboe with the Columbia University Orchestra.

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