BioBefore graduating from William and Mary with a history major, Beth spent her childhood traveling Europe, climbing the Alps, navigating the Rhine, and developing a lifelong passion for languages. Since graduation, Beth has called Tennessee and Virginia home, completed her M.A. in history at Middle Tennessee State University, and has taught courses at Lynchburg College. Moving her two wonderful children and husband with her, Beth decided to continue her graduate career at her alma mater and accepted a position in the W&M History Department as a Ph.D. candidate. She now works with advisors Dr. Melvin Ely and Dr. Hannah Rosen on women, gender, and free African American communities in the nineteenth-century South. As a T.A. for the department, she also leads lively discussion groups for the Global History course. When not occupied with matters academic, Beth loves to pamper her two dogs and indulge in her hobby of photography.