Kasey Sease

Ph.D. Student (ABD)

Advisor: Charles McGovern
Email: kmsease@email.wm.edu
Current Research: Cultural/ Intellectual, History of Capitalism, History of Science and Technology

Kasey Sease is a PhD candidate in American history. Primarily, she studies the evolution of American capitalism and public science education in the modern United States. However, she also enjoys exploring the loyalist diaspora following the American Revolution and the political and intellectual history of Virginia from colony to statehood. She is currently conducting research for her dissertation, "Marketing Agencies for Science: Nonprofit Corporations, Public Science Education, and Capitalism in Modern America." 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 editorial fellowships for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture from 2015-2016. In August 2017, Kasey submitted a manuscript chronicling the history of the Science Museum of Virginia to the Virginia Academy of Science, which funded the project.

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. 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 several institutions including the University of Virginia Center for Politics, the Mariners' Museum, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.