|Research Area: Visual Cultures of the Americas
Advisor: Dr. Robert Neuman
Dissertation Title: “The Intersection of American Historical Imagination and Entertainment: Walt Disney’s Contributions to the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair”
Michelle Demeter studies the art and visual culture of world’s fairs and United States amusement parks. Her research interests include exploring artistic contributions to world’s fairs and amusement parks; the influence of technology on American visual culture; and the impact of world’s fairs and amusement parks on American historical narrative. Her current research focuses on the four attractions created by Walt Disney for the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair.Michelle received her BA in English Literature and Religious Studies at the University of South Florida in 1999. She completed her MA in Religious Studies at the University of South Florida in 2006. In 2009, she received her MS in Information and Library Studies at Florida State University. In 2016, Michelle was awarded the Clark Travel-to-Collection Grant by the Henry Ford, a Dissertation Research Grant from The Graduate School at FSU, and the Mason Dissertation Research Award from the FSU Art History Department.