Holly earned her B.A. in Revolutionary History at the University of California, Davis and graduated with Highest Honors in 2009. She has worked as an editorial apprentice for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture as well as a Teaching Assistant for the College. Holly passed her comprehensive exams in the Spring of 2013 and currently works as a Teaching Fellow at the College. Her research interests include gender, family, adolescence, and youth culture in early and modern American history. Holly's masters thesis, titled, “'I will commence with my news:' Elite Youth Culture and Communities of Knowledge in Early Nineteenth Century Williamsburg,” focused on heterosocial peer-moderated youth culture and communities of knowledge in early Republican Williamsburg. Her dissertation follows a similar vein of research but expands to include the early Republican South as a whole and considers the significance of conceptions (and the lived experience) of age as subject to regionalism.