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Michelle Tiedje is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in the Nineteenth Century and in Digital History. She is particularly interested in social reform movements of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Michelle studied German at the University of Nebraska-Omaha before transferring to East Tennessee State University, where she received her B.A. in History with a minor in Women's Studies. She received her M.A. in History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2010. The title of her master's thesis is, "The People's Hour and the Social Gospel: George Howard Gibson's Gilded Age Search for an Organization of the Kingdom of God."
Michelle's dissertation,"The People's Hour: Experiments in Intentional Community and the Utopian Impulse at the Fin-de-siècle," uses the publications and correspondence of a core sample of experimental communities in North America, South America, and Australia to explore similarities in the variety of utopian impulses and intentions in play at the turn of the century. She explores the roles of both utopian literature and a transnational network of reformers in the formation and evolution of these communities' ideologies and reform strategies.