Faculty and Staff

Katie Knowles, Ph.D.

Katie Knowles

Assistant Professor and Curator of the Avenir Museum
141 Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising
University Center for the Arts East
216 E. Lake St.
(970) 491-0628


Ph.D Rice University
M.A. Rice University
B.A. University of Montana

Teaching Emphasis

  • Social and cultural history of clothing and textiles
  • Clothing and textiles as material culture
  • Museology and curatorial practice

Research Emphasis

  • United States material culture with emphasis on clothing and textiles
  • African American Studies with emphasis on material culture of slavery
  • United States women and gender history

Research and Scholarship

"Expressions of Self and Belonging: Enslaved People and Race-Based Fashion in the Antebellum U.S. South" In Writing History from the Margins: African Americans and the Quest for Freedom, edited by Claire Parfait, Hélène Le Dantec-Lowry, and Claire Bourhis-Mariotti. London: Routledge, 2017.

"No Cotton in the Kingdom: Textiles in the Civil War South." The Civil War and the Material Culutre of Texas, the Lower South, and the Southwest, vol. 3, David B. Warren 3rd Symposium. Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2012.

"Fashioning Slavery: Slaves and Clothing in the United States South, 1830-1865." Dress: The Journal of the Costume Society of America. Stella Blum Research Grant final report. 38, no. 1 (2012): 24-36.


Co-curator. “Betsy Ross: The Life behind the Legend.” Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library. Co-curated with Linda Eaton and Dr. Marla R. Miller. Oct. 2, 2010–Jan. 2, 2011.

Awards, Recognitions, Grants, and Competitions

Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, June–September 2014

Ida B. Wells Graduate Fellowship, Coordinating Council for Women in History, 2013

Stella Blum Research Grant, Costume Society of America, 2008–2009

Jameson Fellow, Rice University and MFA, Houston, 2007–2008