Mariana Brandman, the 2020-2022 NWHM Predoctoral Fellow in Women's History, is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Chicago. Her research interests include twentieth-century U.S. history; women's and gender history; and race, sexuality, and popular culture. Her dissertation, "Take Back the Mic: The Rise of Feminist Comic Performance in American Culture," traces the work of feminist stand-up comics from the beginnings of the women's liberation movement into the twenty-first century.
Mariana received her B.A. in history from Yale University and her M.A. from the University of Chicago, where she has served as a preceptor and teaching assistant for numerous history courses. A dedicated public historian, she has worked as a researcher and archivist at the Chicago History Museum, the Newberry Library, the University of Chicago's Special Collections Research Center, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Library of Congress.