Alana Toulin is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century United States. Her dissertation, “Open Tables: Restaurants and Reform in Progressive Chicago” explores how the middle and working classes played dynamic roles in shaping the modern restaurant, which had become a cornerstone of American urban life by the turn of the twentieth century. Alana has a B.A. in history from the University of Western Ontario and an M.A. in history from Carleton University.