BioKasey Sease is a PhD student of American history. Primarily, her interests are in the political and intellectual history of Virginia from colony to statehood, but she enjoys researching several topics including the loyalist diaspora following the American Revolution and the development of public science education through the 20th century. Her master's thesis, completed at the College in 2015, was titled "Distresses of Mind, Body, and Estate: The Connection between Status and Property in Colonial Virginia as Exhibited by Loyalist Claims." In its pages, Kasey explores how the ownership of different kinds of property was linked to the formation of status and identity in colonial Virginia. She completed two editorial fellowships for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture over the winter and summer recesses of the 2014-2015 academic year and will serve as a teaching fellow for the department in Spring 2018. Recently, she completed a history of the Science Museum of Virginia for the Virginia Academy of Science.
Kasey received her B.A. in History and Government from the University of Virginia in 2014. She graduated summa cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics Distinguished Majors Program as an Echols Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa. Her history thesis, "Provincial Influences on Loyalist Writings," was the Humanities Division Winner at the 2014 Undergraduate Research Network Symposium at UVA and was published in the Michigan Journal of History and The Oculus: The Virginia Journal of Undergraduate Research. Her distinguished majors thesis, "John C. Calhoun and Majority Tyranny: An Exploration of a Theoretical Problem in American Politics," was nominated for the Emmerich-Wright Prize for outstanding politics thesis in 2014. In the past she has interned and worked for a number of institutions including the University of Virginia Center for Politics, the Mariners' Museum, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.