I am a Ph.D. candidate in US History at George Mason University studying women’s history, slavery, and health in early America. My minor field concentrations are in Slavery in the Atlantic World and Digital History: Theory and Practice.

My dissertation, “Birthing A Nation: Enslaved Women and Midwifery in Early America, 1750-1820,” explores the lives and labors of enslaved midwives in the revolutionary era and early republic in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The project uses mainly plantation documents and social history methodology to understand the paradoxical roles enslaved women held in both sustaining families and contributing to the expansion of the slave system.