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Jessica Strubel

Jessica Strübel (Ph.D.) is an assistant professor in the Textiles, Fashion Merchandising & Design Department at the University of Rhode Island, where she teaches a variety of courses on culture and dress. She is intrigued with material culture, especially dress and appearance, and thus part of her research focuses on answering the enduring question of why we dress the way we do. Jessica is particularly interested in the psychological processes that culminate in realizing our appearance behaviour needs and understanding how material culture acquires value and meaning for consumers, and how it varies from society to society.