Sarah E. McCartney received her Ph.D. in American History and the Atlantic World from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in History from William & Mary and is an alumnus of the College’s National Institute of American History & Democracy (NIAHD) Collegiate Program in Material Culture & Public History. Her research focuses on the colonial Virginia backcountry (now present-day West Virginia) and the role of kinship, commerce, and the material culture of the Atlantic World in this frontier region’s development. Sarah has worked extensively with NIAHD’s Pre-College Summer Program for more than a decade and teaches courses in NIAHD’s Collegiate Program.