Department of History
West Chester University
404 Wayne Hall
Assistant Professor of History
Office Location: 412 Main Hall
Ph.D., University of Delaware, American History
Minor: Vernacular Architecture/Public History
M.A., Villanova University, American History
M.A., Villanova University, English/American Literature
B.A., Immaculata College, English/American Literature
Gilded Age & Progressive Era, 1920s/1930s, The American City and Suburb, the history of the Philadelphia metropolitan region, The American Home, Local History, American Regional Cultures & Landscapes, Pennsylvania History.
Prof. Krulikowski is currently working on several projects. The first is an investigation of the role of Building and Loan Associations in helping American families achieve homeownership in the era from the 1880s to the New Deal. Related to this, Prof. Krulikowski is also looking at the house remodeling craze associated with the Colonial Revival Movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as many Americans disguised their Victorians homes as early colonial dwellings. Finally, she is examining the travel writing of the Colonial Revival writers.
Before joining the History Department at West Chester, Prof. Krulikowski was Visiting Assistant Professor of American History at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania and adjuncted at several institutions in the Philadelphia region (Millersville University, St. Joseph’s University, the University of Pennsylvania). She has taught many classes in American History and Public Memory at the University of Delaware and continues to lecture for Delaware's Material Culture Studies Program.
She has also worked as Assistant Educator/Volunteer Coordinator for Rockwood Museum (Wilmington, Delaware) and has undertaken interpretive research projects for this historic house museum and garden since then. One recent project was a study of the role of estate sales and consignment shops in the antiques collecting activities of family members. Her current project for Rockwood focuses on the detailed family menus that record the foodways of an upper class family’s social life.
Prof. Krulikowski has presented many conference talks and public lectures on the Colonial Revival, the social/cultural history of architecture and the built environment, and the history of suburbanization and land use. She has written numerous book reviews and published articles on such topics as suburbanization, urban farming, a local serpentine stone quarry, and the Colonial Revival in the Mid-Atlantic. An article on neighborhood corner grocery stores will be included in an anthology called The Material Culture of Shopping (University of Delaware, 2013).