Anna Ania Michas

Education: MA University of Rochester, History; Andrew W. Mellon Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation, Image Permanence Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, and George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY; Postgraduate Study in Culture Management, Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, Poland; MA, Nicholas Copernicus University, Torun, Poland, Conservation and Restoration of Art.

Bio: Ania Michas is a sixth-year PhD student in the Department of History and Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester.

Ania’s studies include modern European history and the democratization of art enabled by photography. Her dissertation examines the use of postcards by women as a tool for their emancipation and explores the role that postcards played in the development of feminist ideas. She is interested in how postcards served democracy as a “common experience” of communication and collecting.

By incorporating DH methods into her research, she hopes to reveal commonalities and outliers in the collections with which she works and to tie the stories of her dissertation more closely together.