Gracie’s research interests lie in entertainment and social histories, particularly in the post-war period in the United States. For her PhD research project, Gracie is exploring the extent of Hollywood’s reflection of and influence on the political and cultural climates of the early Cold War period through the propagandising of Christmas films from 1946 to 1961. By exploring themes of domesticity, nostalgia, patriotism, and attitudes towards sentimentality in the underrepresented genre of Christmas films, the project will expose Hollywood’s position in the formation and fostering of Cold War culture.
Before pursuing a research degree at UCL, Gracie completed an MA in History at UCL and an MPhil in Classics at Trinity College Dublin with dissertation titles “Venus in Manhattan: A Study of Gender Relations in Post-WWII New York” and “Reproductive Demonesses: Mental Escapism from Reproductive Failures in the Ancient World,” respectively.
Supervisor: Melvyn Stokes
Working title: A Cold War Christmas: Political and Cultural Perceptions in Hollywood's America
Expected completion date: 2023