Michelle Stonis’ research interests lie in the United States. She is particularly interested in the intersections between constructs of gender, especially as communicated through religious or government propaganda, and actual behavior. Stonis has earned scholarships for her research on republican motherhood as well as on Sarah Winchester and her infamous San José mystery house. Her research on missionary wives in the 19th-century Sandwich Islands won the 2006 Best Thesis in the College of Liberal Arts at California State University, Long Beach. Currently, she is researching the construction of gender and nationalism as depicted in U.S. food propaganda during World War II.
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., California State University, Long Beach
Review of Mary Jo Ignoffo, Captive of the Labyrinth: Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune, in Southern California Quarterly 93, no. 3 (Fall 2011).
History Time with Professor Stonis