Ph.D. Candidate, History (expected May 2020)
George Mason University
Specialties: Early America, Slavery, Women’s History, Health and Medicine, Digital History
M.A., U.S. History
George Mason University, 2016
University of Texas at Austin, 2013
Liberal Arts Honors
Certificate in European Studies
Academic and Research Positions
Graduate Research Assistant, Education Projects, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, 2015 – 2019.
Graduate Assistant, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Faculty Community, George Mason University, 2018-2019.
Education Research Intern, National Women’s History Museum, Alexandria, VA, January-April 2019.
Graduate Research Assistant, Digital Humanities, Historic Preservation and Collections Department, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, January – May 2016.
Historical Database Intern, Mount Vernon Slavery Database, Digital Humanities, Historic Preservation and Collections Department, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, August 2014 – January 2016.
Teaching Assistant, Department of History and Art History, George Mason University, 2013-2015.
“George Washington’s Midwives: The Economics of Childbirth under Slavery,” in Lapham’s Quarterly, June 19, 2019.
“The Labors of Enslaved Midwives in Revolutionary Virginia,” in Women in the American Revolution: Gender, Politics, and the Domestic World, edited by Barbara Oberg. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019.
“Digital Storytelling: Presenting History in New Ways,” Blog post with Andrew Salamone, National Trust for Historic Preservation Forum Blog, November 1, 2017.
Digital and Public History Experience
World History Commons (in development), Research Associate, RRCHNM, August 2018-August 2019. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Maritime Asia: War and Trade, Research Associate, RRCHNM, August 2018-August 2019.
Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of WWII Online Exhibit, Curator, National Women’s History Museum, January-April 2019.
The Pilbara Aboriginal Strike, Project Manager, RRCHNM, December 2017-December 2018. Funded by the Australian Research Council.
Teachinghistory.org Website Refresh, Project Manager, RRCHNM, January-September 2018.
Eagle Eye Citizen, Senior Content Developer and Outreach Associate, RRCHNM, 2016-2017. Funded by the Library of Congress.
Digital Humanities Now, Editor-At-Large, RRCHNM, 2016-2017.
Mount Vernon Teacher Professional Development Toolkit, Research Associate, RRCHNM, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 2016.
Hidden in Plain Sight: Online Teacher Recertification Course, Program Associate, RRCHNM, Spring 2017. Funded by the Virginia Department of Education.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) Burials Database ReDesign, Research Assistant, RRCHNM, Summer 2015.
“Social Network of the Enslaved Community at Mount Vernon, 1754-1799,” data visualization created for the “Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon” exhibit at Mount Vernon, October 2016.
“Finding Kate” digital story of an enslaved midwife on Mount Vernon, December 2014.
Mount Vernon Slavery Database, Intern, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 2014-2016.
“Birthing A Nation: Enslaved Women and Midwifery in Early America,” Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Mount Vernon, Virginia, May 9, 2019.
“Birthing A Nation: Enslaved Midwives in the Revolutionary Chesapeake,” Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution Meeting, Fairfax Station, Virginia, December 8, 2018.
“Birthing A Nation: Enslaved Women and Midwifery in Early America, 1750-1820,” Virginia Historical Society, June 6, 2018.
“Re-Interpreting Slavery in Eighteenth-Century Virginia,” George Mason’s Gunston Hall, Lorton, Virginia, March 8, 2018.
“Digital Pedagogy,” with Dr. Kelly Schrum and Andrew Salamone, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, April 3, 2017.
“Interpreting Slavery in Eighteenth-Century Virginia,” George Mason’s Gunston Hall, Lorton, Virginia, October 20, 2016.
“Finding Kate: A Digital Story,” George Mason University and Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media: Graduate Student Digital Projects, Fairfax, December 8, 2014.
“‘Paid the midwife (Rachael)’: Enslaved Women and the Business of Childbirth on Early Southern Plantations,” Roundtable on Slavery at the Intersection of Medical Labor, Geography, and Environmental Risk in Early America, Front Range Early American Consortium Annual Conference, Denver, CO, October 12, 2019.
“Eagle Eye Citizen: Online Civics Interactive,” Teaching with Primary Sources Poster Session, National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Conference, Chicago, IL, November 30, 2018.
“Metacognition and Media: Developing Students’ Critical Thinking Skills,” American Federation of Teachers Share My Lesson Virtual Conference, March 15, 2018.
“Eagle Eye Citizen: Online Engagement with Civics,” Middle State Council for the Social Studies (MSCSS) Conference, Tysons Corner, VA, March 2-3, 2018.
“Eagle Eye Citizen: Exploring Civics, History, and Primary Sources,” SOURCES Annual Conference, ￼University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, January 27, 2018.
“Eagle Eye Citizen: Interactive Engagement with Civics and History,” International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference, San Antonio, Texas, June 28, 2017.
“Eagle Eye Citizen: Teaching Civics and History Using Primary Sources,” with Jessica Kilday, National Council for History Education (NCHE) conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March 31, 2017.
“Digital Storytelling: Communicating Academic Research Beyond the Classroom,” with Dr. Kelly Schrum, Beth Dalbec, and Matt Boyce, Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference, Fairfax, VA, September 22, 2017.
“Teaching Graduate Students to Code,” contributor to poster session with Dr. Lincoln Mullen, Peter Carr Jones, Jannelle Legg, Anne Ladyem McDivitt, Dr. George D. Oberle III, and Amanda Regan, January 2015, American Historical Association (AHA) conference, New York.
Guest Lecturer, Enslaved Women in 18th Century Virginia, Just for Educators Workshop, George Mason’s Gunston Hall, August 14, 2019.
Guest Lecturer, Omeka and Building Online Exhibits, History 390: The Digital Past, Dr. Amanda Regan, George Mason University, June 19, 2019.
Guest Lecturer, Perspectives on Digital Storytelling, History 390: The Digital Past, Professor Eric Gonzaba, George Mason University, November 14, 2018.
Teaching Assistant, Hidden in Plain Sight, Online Teacher Recertification Course, Dr. Kelly Schrum, George Mason University, January 2017-April 2017.
Graduate Assistant, Graffiti Houses: The Civil War from the Perspective of Individual Soldiers, An NEH Landmarks in American History and Culture Workshop for Teachers, George Mason University, June and July 2016.
Teaching Assistant, History 100: Western Civilization, Dr. Christopher Elzey, George Mason University, August 2015 – December 2015.
Teaching Assistant, History 121: Formation of the American Republic, Dr. Ted McCord, George Mason University, August 2014 – May 2015.
Teaching Assistant, History 122: Making of Modern America, Dr. Ted McCord, George Mason University, August 2014 – May 2015.
Teaching Assistant, History 100: Western Civilization, Dr. Susan Schulze, George Mason University, August 2013 – May 2014.
Awards and Fellowships
Dissertation Completion Fellowship, George Mason University, 2019-2020.
Research Fellowship, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Mount Vernon, 2018-2019.
Mellon Research Fellowship, Virginia Historical Society, 2018.
Provost’s Summer Research Fellowship, George Mason University, Summer 2018.
Joseph and Dorothy Censer Fellowship, George Mason University, 2018.
Cosmos Scholars Award, Cosmos Club Foundation, 2018.
Archie K. Davis Fellowship for Dissertation Research, North Caroliniana Society, 2017-2018.
Louise and Rudolf Fishel New Media Fellowship, George Mason University, Summer 2017.
Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association 500 Sustained Service Hours Award, May 2016.
Scott Chamberlain Memorial Presidential Endowed Scholarship, University of Texas at Austin, 2012-2013.
Alla Ray Morris Endowed Presidential Scholarship, University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2011.
In the Media
“Birthing A Nation,” with Associate Curator Jessie MacLeod, Conversations at the Washington Library Podcast, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, May 2019.
Digital Humanities Skills
Programming Languages and Visualization Tools: R with R Studio, HTML and CSS
Content Management Software and Web Publishing: WordPress, Drupal, Omeka
Relational Database Management: Microsoft Access
Video, Audio, and Image Editing Software: Final Cut Pro X, iMovie, Audacity, Canva, Photoshop, InDesign
Member, American Historical Association
Member, National Council on Public History
Member, American Alliance of Museums