Other Writings and Teaching

Peer Reviewed Articles

“Introduction.” Business History, Special Issue. “Changing Secondhand Economies,” 

Spring 2019 (with Karen Tranberg Hansen). 

“‘Not Charity, But a Chance’: Philanthropic Capitalism and the Rise of American 

Thrift Stores,” New England Quarterly 86:2 (Spring 2013): 169-195.

“’Be Odd’: The Contradictory Use of Dress in the Gilded Age Salvation Army,” Winterthur Portfolio, 47:4 (Winter 2013): 245-265.

Public History and Teaching


Object Project
Object Project is a podcast about material culture and history, produced by history students of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, in Wilmington, NC, and Dr. Jennifer Le Zotte, assistant professor of US history and material culture.  Click below to listen to Season 1 episodes, Fall 2019


“Why Marie Kondo’s Netflix show won’t actually change us,”  (Feb 4, 2019)


“When Cardigans Were Battle Attire” (Oct 3, 2017)

The Conversation 

  “How Subversive Artists Made Thrift-Shopping Cool” (Aug 15, 2017)


 UNC Press blog
"Before Target, There were Thrift Stores: How Postwar Secondhand Commerce Supported LGBTQ Rights," April 30, 2017

Jennifer Le Zotte: Poppin’ Tags: How Musicians Helped Make Used Clothes Fashionable.  .    April 24, 2017

Fashion/ History Contributor, smithsonianmag.com 

“The Invention of Vintage,” (Feb. 8, 2017)

 “Wearing Your Art on Your Sleeve,” (Sept. 29, 2015)

“What a 1950s Fashion Maven Might Teach Us About What to Wear,” (June 8, 2015)

“How the Summer of Atomic Bomb Testing Turned the Bikini into a Phenomenon,” (May 21, 2015)

Reviews and Editorial Work

Guest editor. Business History, Special Issue. “Changing Secondhand Economies,” Spring, 2019 (with Karen Tranberg Hansen).

Book Review of The Fight for Ethical Fashion: the Origins and Interactions of the Clean Clothes Campaign, by Philip Balsinger. Society and Enterprise (forthcoming).

Book review of From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs, by Joshua Clark Davis. Business History Review, Summer 2018.

Book Review of Southern Tufts: The Regional Origins and National Craze for Chenille Fashion, by Ashley Callahan. History: Reviews of New Books, (Vol 45, 2017).

Book Review of Dress Casual: How College Students Redefined American Style

by Deirdre Clemente. Fashion Theory, September 2015.