Book Contributors


Kelly L. Reddy-Best is an associate professor in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design at Iowa State University and the curator and director of ISU’s Textiles and Clothing Museum. In her research, she examines the interrelationships of dress, identity, consumption, regulation, and the fashion system. All of her work is rooted in a social justice lens. She has taught courses across the apparel curriculum in design, product development, merchandising, culture, and history.

She has taught Dress Appearance and Diversity in US Society every semester since starting at Iowa State in 2016, including winter and summer sessions. The course enrollment averages 280 students, and she has delivered the course in-person and online.


Abbey K. Elder is the Open Access and Scholarly Communication Librarian for Iowa State University. She provides support for authors developing open textbooks and other open educational resources (OER) at Iowa State.

Lesya leads technical and pedagogical support of audience response technology. Her primary duties revolve around the design, development and implementation of faculty training opportunities for meaningful and effective applications of instructional technologies, including audience response technology.


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