Cara Elliott received her bachelor's degree in history and French with a minor economics from Gettysburg College in the spring of 2011. 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 the history of childhood. For her dissertation, Cara returned to twentieth-century history, and is exploring how children "learned" race and gender over the course of the postwar era.