August M. Butler

Graduate Student History

Advisor: Scott Nelson
Current Research: 19th century Russian immigrant orphans in US


Amelia Butler graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in History and Psychology from Texas A&M University in 2010. She received her M.A. from William & Mary in 2014 with a thesis on the role of toys and literature in nationalizing children in the early republic. Her dissertation research focuses on orphans in immigrant Russian spiritualist communities in the late nineteenth-/early twentieth-century United States.

Amelia was an apprentice with the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture from 2012-2013; she received the Colonial Dames Fellowship in Historical Editing in June 2013 and the Christopher Wren Association Fellowship in Historical Editing in June 2014. She also works with the National Institute of American History & Democracy.