Jennifer M. Black, PhD
Associate Professor of History and Government, Misericordia University

Jennifer Black is a historian of visual and material culture, with a particular focus on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the United States.  She holds a PhD in American History and Visual Studies from the University of Southern California, as well as an MA in Public History and a BA in Art History from Western Michigan University.  Her research examines ways in which people interact with images and objects, and the power of visual and material culture to influence trends in politics, the law, and society.  In addition to teaching a variety of courses in American history, public history, and visual culture at Misericordia University, she also serves as Book Reviews Editor for H-Material Culture, and was recently elected to the Board of Editors for Enterprise & Society. Dr. Black is also deeply engaged with the Business History Conference, an international community of business historians, having served on several committees and on the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Black has several years’ experience working as a public historian, including work for large and small public institutions such as the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.  Her work as a historical consultant has included clients such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Cengage Learning, Inc.   Dr. Black supervises a variety of public history activities at Misericordia.  Her book, Branding Trust: Advertising & Trademarks in Nineteenth-Century America, traces the development of trademark-centered advertising in the US from the early nineteenth century through 1920 and is forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press (2023).  For more about her research, check out the Research page.

Branding Trust

Advertising and Trademarks in Nineteenth-Century America

Jennifer M. Black
University of Pennsylvania Press
American Business, Politics, and Society Series
Available for Pre-Order in November 2023