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Kate Ozment is assistant professor of English at Cal Poly Pomona, co-editor of the Women in Book History Bibliography, and a contributing editor to the Women’s Print History Project. Her work is a dialogue between feminist methodologies in book history and bibliography and the transhistorical study of women’s labor in and around the book trades, which she has published in venues such as Textual Cultures, Huntington Library Quarterly, and Eighteenth-Century Studies. Her in-progress research uses gender theory to explore essentialist assumptions about labor in and around the eighteenth-century British book trades, focusing on how “fakery” is used as a way delegitimize feminized contributions to book production. Today, she will be discussing research from her forthcoming Cambridge University Press Element, which details the history of the Hroswitha Club and the complexities of gender, class, and book collecting in the twentieth-century United States.