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Molly Brookfield is a PhD candidate in the departments of History and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan.

Her fields of study include the 19th and 20th Century U.S., Cultural History, History of Gender and Sexuality, Place and Space, and Public Humanities.

She is currently writing a dissertation on the history of street harassment in the 19th- and 20th-century United States. This project investigates how men look at women in public, in the form of ogling, staring, leering, girl watching, and making “goo goo eyes.”  It argues that uninvited looks, and similar intrusive behaviors, have restricted women’s free movement through American urban space.

Before coming to Michigan, Molly received an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies from University College London and worked for several years in museums, archives, and historic sites.