Kathy Peiss's research has examined the history of working women;
working-class and interracial sexuality; leisure, style, and popular
culture; the beauty industry in the U.S. and abroad; and print culture
and cultural policy during World War II. She is particularly interested
in the ways that commerce and culture have shaped the everyday life and
popular beliefs of Americans across time. Peiss is the author of Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York and Hope in a Jar: The Making of America's Beauty Culture, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and named one of Amazon's 1999 top ten books in Women's Studies.