Holly graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2013 with a BA in English. There, she presented a senior seminar paper on perceptions of fortune in Renaissance romance literature, and an honors thesis on Victorian domestic authority in Virginia Woolf's "To the Lighthouse." Working for two years at the Library of Congress, Holly gave presentations on everything from Magna Carta to Early American printing to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
In the terminal MA program, Holly's focus is on the Early American frontier, especially on the exchange of letters between the frontier and "back East." She is also interested in public history and museum studies. She is currently an editorial apprentice at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.