Carmen Keist, PhD - Assistant Professor
Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising, and Hospitality
Carmen Keist, PhD, hails originally from Bloomington-Normal, IL. She earned both her Doctorate in Textiles and Clothing in 2012 and her Master’s in 2009 from Iowa State University . She earned her Bachelors of Arts from Illinois State University in 2006 in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design. Her dissertation topic focused on the plus size women's ready-to-wear clothing industry in the 1910s and 1920s. She plans on expanding on this topic for further research projects. Before coming to WIU, Keist worked for four years as a graduate assistant at the Textiles and Clothing Museum on Iowa State's campus where she enjoyed exhibit design, research, and fulfilling other collection duties. She serves on the Regional Board for the Costume Society of America.