Below are excerpts from a very kind, and flattering article my school had written about me. I am an administrator and teacher in legal studies, criminal justice, and English when I'm not "Playing Dolls." She writes very well, and once wrote for Newsweek. I was terribly honored by this, and touched, so I reproduced some of it for everyone to enjoy, and it is sort of an early Christmas card from me. Seasons Greetings to all, and Peace in 2017!
With Love from Tin Lizzie
Prof is Doll Collector, Academic Renaissance Woman
When Dr. Ellen Tsagaris was a toddler in her native Greece, her mother presented her with a rubber yellow bunny doll that squeaked. “I liked it very much,” she recalled.
Two Greek dolls dressed in national costumes followed that present. “By then, I was hooked. I remember as a child saying, ‘I’m going to collect dolls.’”
And collect she did.
Today, some 50 years later, Ellen . . . is not only the chair of multiple academic departments for KU. . . , but also one of the nation’s foremost collectors of and authorities on antique dolls.
“When I was young, I loved portrait painting and I was interested in photography, costumes, and textiles, too. I found that doll collecting encompassed all those interests. I’ve always loved having dolls, collecting dolls and reading about dolls,” she said.
When she’s not collecting dolls, Ellen is something of an academic renaissance woman. She holds a law degree, a doctorate in Modern British Literature, a Master’s Degree in English, and a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Spanish. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa.
Her interest in dolls has dovetailed seamlessly with her academic interests. she has researched and written about dolls in literature and about Anne Rice, who was an avid doll collector.
Ellen's next frontier: When she retires, she hopes to establish a nonprofit doll museum similar to the one Rice established at the former St.. Elizabeth's orphanage in New Orleans. The museum will tell the story of human history though dolls, doll houses, and related objects.