Marin Hanson

Marin HansonResearch interest/area

 I am a curator based at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.

My research focuses on patchwork traditions in China and how one particular patchwork garment (the baijia pao, or "one hundred families robe") has inspired a new Western commemorative object, the "One Hundred Good Wishes" friendship quilt, made by parents adopting children from China. I will be exploring issues of how material culture functions as a facilitator of cultural exchange and appropriation, and how it influences trans-national identity formation. My supervisor is Dr. Sandra Dudley.

Academic/career achievements

MA, Textile History & Museum Studies (Double Major): University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 2001.

BA, Studio Art: Northern Illinois University. 1998. Concentration: Fiber Art/Textiles.

BA, History: Grinnell College (Grinnell, Iowa). 1995. Minor: Chinese Studies.


Hanson, Marin and Patricia Cox Crews. American Quilts in the Modern Age, 1870-1940, University of Nebraska Press (2009).

Hanson, Marin. “Modern, Yet Anti-Modern: Two Sides of Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Century Quiltmaking.” Uncoverings: Research Papers of the American Quilt Study Group (2008).

Ducey, Carolyn and Marin Hanson. Quilts in Common and Nancy Crow: Cloth, Culture & Context, exhibition catalog, International Quilt Study Center & Museum (2008).

Hanson, Marin. “Exotic Quilt Patterns and Pattern Names in the 1920s and 1930s,” Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, Vol 4, No. 2 (Summer 2006).

Hanson, Marin and Janneken Smucker. “Quilts as Manifestations of Cross-Cultural Contact: East-West and Amish-‘English’ Examples.” Uncoverings: Research Papers of the American Quilt Study Group (2003).

Hanson, Marin. “The Eva Wight Crazy Quilt: Late-Nineteenth-Century Quiltmaking in Central Kansas.” Kansas History (Summer, 2003).

Miscellaneous papers and reports

"Patchwork Identities: The Many Layers and Evolving Meanings of Chinese baijia pao (百家袍) Robes." Museum 2011. Building Identity: The Making of National Museums and Identity Politics, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan, November 2011.

“’Exotic’ Asia in ‘Traditional’ American Quilts of the Early 20th Century.” 7th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Beijing, China, June, 2009.

 “Gilded Age Quilts: Products of America’s Ambivalence towards Modernization.” Annual Conference on Cultural and Historic Preservation, Salve Regina University, Newport, RI, September, 2005.

 “Subtly Wild: Exotic Quilt Pattern Names in the 1920s and 1930s,” “Wild by Design," the International Quilt Study Center's biennial symposium, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, February, 2002.



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