Melinda Narro’s primary research interests concern the role of popular imagery in reflecting and shaping American social discourse during the period between the end of the Civil War and that of World War II. In particular, she focuses on the latent or explicit messages conveyed by mass media such as advertising, comics and cartoons, and commercial art. She intends to pursue a career in the museum field and has held a number of museum jobs prior to arriving at KU, including as a visitor services representative and curatorial assistant at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture (Knoxville, TN); as an intern at the Fort Bend Museum (Richmond, TX); and as an intern at the Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum (Crosbyton, TX). Her mini-exhibit Selling Egypt: Imagery in Victorian Advertising, which highlighted Orientalist tropes in Western marketing around the turn of the twentieth century, ran at the McClung Museum between February and July of 2017.
Fields of Study
Late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American visual culture
AAS, Pellissippi State Community College
BA, University of Tennessee