Cara Elliott received her B.A. from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in history and French, with a minor study in economics. While Cara attended Gettysburg, she participated as one of the students selected for the George C. Marshall undergraduate scholarship program, presented her work at Gettysburg College's student symposium, and wrote a senior honor's thesis on C. Douglas Dillon, the United States ambassador to France during Dwight D. Eisenhower's first term. After coming to William and Mary, her research interests took a turn. She completed her M.A. thesis researching the Byles, a Boston loyalist family separated by exile during the American Revolution, focusing on the family's ability to maintain connections across geographical distance. This project led her to a sustained interest in family history and childhood, which is what she plans to explore for her dissertation. Cara is from Easton, CT, where she grew up learning to appreciate fall colors and snowy winters. Her hobbies include horseback riding, skiing, and hiking.