Sara's research intersects the history of museums, mobility studies, and art access. Her scholarly and creative practice includes writing, museum curation, and the digital humanities. A selection of projects is listed below. To read more about Sara's work visit her blog at sarawoodburyintransit.com.
- The Roswell Museum Federal Art Center (2018-present), a Scalar book exploring the archive of the Roswell Museum in New Mexico.
- Changing World Views (2019), a digital exhibit created with the Mariners’ Museum using its collection of maps. Project members: Erika Cosme, website designer; Sara Woodbury, content writer; Bill Barker, map consultant.
- Facemasks: Drawings of Covid-19 Face Coverings (2020): A personal digital humanities project featuring watercolor drawings of facemasks
- Museums in Times of Crisis (March 26, 2021): Virtual symposium hosted through the Equality Lab, co-organized with Laura Beltrán-Rubio.
- “The Artist as Soldier: Howard Cook’s Self-Portrait in a Foxhole,” Arts 2020, 9, 37.
Colonial Williamsburg and William & Mary have identified a small, white building tucked away on the William & Mary campus as the structure that once housed the Williamsburg Bray School, an 18th-century institution dedicated to the education of enslaved and free Black children.
Now, we are working with the university to ensure that current and future generations learn about the complex history of what is likely the oldest extant building in the United States dedicated to the education of Black children – and the stories of those who were part of it.
Ravynn K. Stringfield’s investment in Black girlhood, digital community building and new media fantasy narratives is not only the focus of her scholarship, but of the various projects that compliment her dissertation work. For more about Ravynn’s writing, art, and digital projects, please visit her website: ravynnkstringfield.com
Black Girl Does Grad School is Ravynn’s blog on all things grad school. Established in August 2016, Ravynn has documented her grad school journey from coursework, comps and dissertation, with lots of additional resources and guest contributors’ stories.
Ravynn’s public facing writing has appeared in Shondaland and ZORA magazines; her personal essays have been published in Catapult; and her short fiction has been featured in midnight & indigo, and she won second place in Voyage YA Journal’s 2020 First Chapters contest judged by New York Times Bestselling author, Dhonielle Clayton, with her story, “Passage.” Her fiction is represented by Leah Pierre of Ladderbird Literary.
In 2020, she co-founded the Black fantasy centered podcast, Dreaming in the Dark, with William & Mary alumna, Bezi Yohannes. Season one guests included renowned children’s literacy scholar, Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, author of The Dark Fantastic; and New York Times Bestselling authors, Tracy Deonn (Legendborn) and Roseanne A. Brown (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin).
She has been an invited speaker on organization tools and tricks for grad school at Stanford University, University of Massachusetts Amherst and University of Texas Austin, as well as the keynote speaker for Chapter One Young Writers Conference.
In her free time, she enjoys illustrating, bookbinding and bulletjournaling, which you can find on her creative Instagram: @RavynnCreates.
KELSEY L. SMOOT (They/Them/Theirs) is a poet, advocate, and frequent writer of critical analysis. Their creative and/or public facing writings have been featured in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Body is Not An Apology, and a number of digital presses, which can be accessed via their website: https://queerinsomniac.me/blog