Dissertation Fellow PhD candidate in the History and Sociology of Science

Anna Lehr Mueser is a sixth-year PhD candidate in the History and Sociology of Science. Her work explores the intersections of collective memory and watershed management and development.

Anna’s dissertation, “Land After Technology: Collective Memory and the New York City Water Supply” examines how collective memories and knowledge practices in the Catskill Mountains of New York have addressed, resisted, and incorporated the history of New York City’s rural watershed development in the twentieth century. Following agricultural practices, intergenerational memory production, and social maintenance labor, Anna’s work explores how place and belonging are created and shaped through ideas about history.

Anna Lehr Mueser is also a book and paper artist, working in letterpress, book arts, cut paper, and watercolor to engage with place knowledge and narrative practices. She has served on the volunteer board of The Soapbox, a West Philadelphia-based nonprofit printmaking studio, since 2014.