Katy Lasdow is a doctoral candidate in early American history at Columbia University, with a focus on architecture, city building, and material culture in the early republic. She is currently writing a dissertation entitled, “A Spirit of Improvement: Construction, Conflict, and Community in Early-National Port Cities.” The Library Company of Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, among others, have generously supported her project.
Katy has an avid interest in historic preservation and public history. Currently, she is the Assistant Public Historian at Brooklyn Historical Society for the Waterfront exhibit opening in 2017.
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 received a Masters Degree in Architectural History from the University of Virginia.
From 2013 to 2015, Katy served as rapporteur for the Columbia Early American Seminar. She plays oboe with the Brooklyn Wind Symphony.