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Sarah Thomas

Graduate Student

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Current Research : Building and material culture of the early American backcountry.


Fields of Interest: vernacular architectural history, building and material culture, history of the early Southern backcountry, slavery, and industry

Academic Biography: 

BA, College of William and Mary, 2008.  

M.Arch.H., University of Virginia School of Architecture, Architectural History and Historic Preservation, 2010. 

MA, History, College of William and Mary, 2010.
Conference Presentations:

  • “Slavery in the Shenandoah: A Study of Buildings and Landscapes,” Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians conference, Jackson Mississippi, October 28, 2009
  • “Slavery in Shenandoah County: Buildings and Landscapes,” lecture at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar, James Madison University, November 13, 2009
  • "Slavery in the 1780s Backcountry: Redwell Furnace and Pine Forge," Virginia Forum, March 25, 2011
  • "Down the Wagon Road: Stove Plates and Ironworking in Shenandoah County, Virginia, 1780-1800," College of William and Mary Graduate Research Symposium, March 23, 2012

Awards: The Ellen Monk Krattiger Award, 2008; William and Mary Alumni Association Academic Excellence Award in History, 2008.


Examination Fields

  • Early American History (with Susan Kern)
  • Nineteenth Century U.S. History (with James Whittenburg)
  • Modern U.S. History (with Hiroshi Kitamura)
  • Atlantic World (with Brett Rushforth)