Christine Bachman-Sanders

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Christine Bachman-Sanders’ research examines the relationship between the "new woman," American imperialism, and bicycle tourism in the 1890s. Her work explores the bicycle as a “harmless pleasure” that is galvanized to support a specific political and moral rhetoric for the “new woman,” and to regulate a healthy (sober) civilization primed for global expansion. In general, Christine’s research interests are focused on queer and feminist studies, critical race theory, and studies of travel and empire. When not researching bicycles, she is riding them; in 2013, she cycled across the United States, and in 2015, she traveled through the UK, France, Switzerland, Germany, and Denmark.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.A.: Sociology and Gender Studies, Middlebury College, 2009.
  • M.A.: Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University, 2014.
Courses Taught
  • University Writing: Race and the Politics of Storytelling
  • University Writing: Tourism and Racialized Conquest
  • University Writing: The Politics of Difference
  • American Politics and Popular Culture, 1900-1940, TA
  • History of Media and Communication, TA
  • Introduction to Media Studies, TA
Research & Professional Activities


  • “Episode 62: Christine Bachman-Sanders,” The Bike Nerds Podcast, May 2017
  • “The Cyclist’s Mobility: Lady Cyclists, Wheelmen of Color, and the Bicycle Boom of the 1890s,” Cycling Museum of Minnesota, April 2017
  • “Rhetorics of Conquest: From Progress Narrative to Narratives of Imperialism,” Middlebury College, November 2016
  • “Citizen/Cyborg: The ‘New Woman’ Cyclist as Agent of U.S. Empire-Building,” National Women’s Studies Association Conference, November 2016
  • “Time, Space, and Bicycle Travel: The Queer Archive and Mapping Anachronistic Histories,” National Women’s Studies Association Conference, November 2016
  • “Reading Smart(‘s Diary): Mapping the Routes and Embodied Subjectivity of a 1890s’ Cyclist,” International Cycling History Conference, June 2016
  • “Domesticated Conquest: Bicycles, Bodies, and Boundaries,” Thinking Gender, UCLA, April 2016
  • “Labor of Love: An Intimate History of Bicycle Tourism,” Regulating Intimacy: Intimate Labors and the Labors of Intimacy, Indiana University, September 2015


  • Chair: American Studies Graduate Student Writing Group, 2015 - 2017
  • American Studies Graduate Student Association, 2015 - 2017
  • “Marrying Madonna,” in Madonna & Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop, ed. Laura Barcella, (Berkeley: Soft Skull Press, 2012), 128-33.
  • The Cycling City: Bicycles & Urban America in the 1890s, by Evan Friss, Planning Perspectives (forthcoming book review)
  • Critical Geographies of Cycling: History, Political Economy and Culture, by Glen Norcliffe, cultural geographies (forthcoming book review).
  • Council of Graduate Studies Conference Travel Award , 2017
  • College of Liberal Arts Summer Research Fellowship , 2017
  • Council of Graduate Studies Conference Travel Award , 2016
  • College of Liberal Arts Summer Research Fellowship , 2016
  • Audrey Christensen Graduate Library Development Award, 2016
  • First Year Writing Teacher of the Year , 2015 - 2016
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program Fellowship (GRPP), College of Liberal Arts, 2015
  • Mary C. Turpie Fellowship , 2014
  • Noble/Erisman Fellowship , 2014
  • Distinguished Thesis Award, 2014
  • Steinhardt Merit Award, 2012 - 2014
  • Michael L. Rosenberg Merit Award, 2013
  • Gensler Prize in Women’s and Gender Studies, 2009
  • Lank Prize in Sociology/Anthropology, 2009
  • Public Service Award, 2009