Kathy Peiss is the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research and teaching interests center on the 20th century United States and the making of modern culture. Her work includes studies of the history of women, gender, and sexuality; beauty and style; mass consumption, leisure, and everyday life; and popular and print culture. She is the author of Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York (1986), Hope in a Jar: The Making of America's Beauty Culture (1998), and Zoot Suit: The Enigmatic Career of an Extreme Style (2011). She is currently completing a history of collecting missions carried on by American librarians, archivists, intelligence agents, and military personnel in the World War II era, a project spurred by her discovery of the hidden life of a family member.