Autumn Barrett graduated with a B.A. in History and a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1997. After working in public relations and government relations within the public and private sectors of Virginia, she entered William and Mary's M.A./Ph.D. Program in Historical Anthropology. Autumn's region of interest is the African Diaspora. Her MA thesis, "Childhood, Colonialism and Nation-Building" (2004), investigates the role of childhood in the construction of race, class and gender in Virginia during the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her research combines bio-cultural and socio-cultural perspectives to understand ideology and identity as powerful and intertwined social components through which people create and resist social inequity. Currently, Autumn is a graduate research associate at the Institute for Historical Biology. This summer, she conducted pre-dissertation research on intersections between history, identity and the idea of race in the U.S. and Brazil as a Lewis and Clark Scholar of the American Philosophical Society. Autumn's analysis focuses on representations of slavery and resistance in Virginia (U.S) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).