Fields of Interest: Early American History; Disability Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and Women's History; Visual and Material Culture
Doctoral Student, History, College of William & Mary.
- Dissertation (advised by Karin Wulf): “Artistry, Disability, and Civic Capacity in Antebellum America.” My dissertation explores the ways that the new United States dealt with questions of ability, disability, and civic capacity. Covering the period from 1776-1840, I examine debates about dis/ability and citizenship in law, medicine, art, popular culture, and public space.
- Comprehensive Exams completed in March, 2012. Exam fields: Early American History (Karin Wulf); Modern American History (Charlie McGovern); Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s History (Leisa Meyer); and the Atlantic World (Nicholas Popper).
Masters of Arts, History, College of William & Mary, 2011.
- Master’s Thesis: “Art/Self: Martha Ann Honeywell and the Politics of Display in the Early Republic.” My thesis examined the life and artwork of Martha Ann Honeywell, a visual and performance artist with severe physical disabilities who traveled throughout America, Europe, and Canada in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
Bachelor of Arts, History, Wesleyan University, 2005.
- “Revolutionary War Invalid Pensions and the Codification of Disability in Early America,” Panel on Early American Disability, Eighth Biennial Conference of the Society of Early Americanists, Savannah, GA , 2013
- “Mary Amelia’s World: Queer Sexuality in the Alabama Black Belt, 1730–2005,” American Historical Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2013
- “Extraordinary Bodies and Minds: Itinerant Artists with Disabilities in the Early Atlantic World,” ECSG/NCF Graduate Student Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, 2012
- “Art/Self: Martha Ann Honeywell and the Politics of Display in the Early Republic,” Chesapeake American Studies Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, 2010
- “Northern Missionaries and Southern Education: Ralza Morse Manly, A Case Study.” Middletown, CT: Historical Narratives, Spring 2005 edition.
- Student Scholarship, “Integrating Women’s History Conference,” National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites and the National Parks Service 2011
- Dean's Prize for Student Scholarship on Women, College of William & Mary 2010
- Student Scholarship, Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum 2010