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Kathryn Snyder

Ph.D. Student (ABD)

Advisor: Scott Nelson
Current Research: Women, performance, and early modern/colonial drama


Currently in the Ph.D. program in the Department of History at William and Mary, Kathryn originally hails from the great state of Texas.  She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Texas Tech University in 2009 and 2011, respectively.  Her undergraduate research paper entitled “The ‘Other’ and the Imagined Revolution: How the American Revolution Caused the Civil War” won the Outstanding Undergraduate Research award.  While there, she received a multi-year Chancellors Fellowship to continue her graduate work, acted as a research assistant, and helped teach both halves of the American survey course, an upper level Native American History and a research seminar on the Revolutionary War.  Since relocating to Williamsburg, Kathryn has logged in time as an apprentice-editor for the William & Mary Quarterly and as a teaching assistant for Global History.  Her thesis focuses on widows and early modern/colonial theater; a portion of the paper received the Dean’s Prize in women’s studies.  While her heart lies with the seventeenth century, Kathryn also finds nineteenth-century southern culture, fin-de-siècle Europe, colonialism, and especially gender studies all very fascinating--these, of course, as well as football.