Graduate Student Bios

Bren earned her BA in history and sociology from the University of California, San Diego and her MA in history from New York University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in twentieth-century American history with a concentration in women and gender. Her dissertation, “Consuming the Centerfold: Sexuality and the Fantasy of the American Good Life,” explores the construction of sexual identities among marginalized persons as both consumerism and sexual expression increasingly became key privileges of American citizenship.