Michaela is currently researching a dissertation that focuses on Illinois country in the 17th and 18th centuries. Her project works to recover the ways in which gender and sexuality structured Illinois society in order to better understand the course of French colonization in the region. She is particularly interested in questions of gender and sexuality, Native power, and imperialism.
Michaela graduated in 2011 from Vassar College with a Bachelors degree in History, English, and French. In 2013, she completed her Masters in History and Literature with Columbia University. Her History Masters thesis at William & Mary, completed in 2015, examined the 1834 Mashpee Revolt in the context of constructions of sovereignty and citizenship in Jacksonian New England. She has taught the American survey course through 1877, as well as site-specific courses for the National Institute for American History and Democracy covering Virginia from the American Revolution through the Civil War.