BioKristen Beales was born in Washington D.C. and grew up just outside the city in Arlington, Virginia. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida in December of 2010 with a B.A. in History. Kristen’s senior thesis was called “The ‘Nursery of Society:’ War, Slavery, Toleration, and the Theology of Samuel Davies in 18th Century Virginia” and earned highest honors. While in Gainesville, she was also a member of the 2010 NCAA champion UF swim team. Now in her first year in the M.A./Ph.D. program at William and Mary, she is researching the fundraising work of George Whitefield and John Wesley. Outside of her schoolwork, Kristen enjoys cycling, hiking, and watching hockey.