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Jennifer Hall-Witt received her B.A. in history from Northwestern University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Yale University. Previously, she has taught at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and at Denison University in history and women's studies. She specializes in the cultural history of 18th and 19th century Britain, with a particular interest in gender history, the history of the arts, and political culture.
Her book, Fashionable Acts: Opera and Elite Culture in London, 1780-1880, was published by the University Press of New England in July 2007. This study approaches the opera as a social (and gendered) space, using it to develop new perspectives on the decline of the British aristocracy by exploring changes in the elite's cultural practices and modes of public display from the 1780s to the 1880s.
She is currently engaged in research on the uses of deception and transparency in the language of late 18th- and early 19th-century British radicals as part of a broader study of the history of gesture in Britain. She is also working on an essay on the formation of an operatic canon at the Italian Opera in London in the nineteenth century.