I am Assistant Professor of History at York College of Pennsylvania, where I will courses in Early American and Public History.
In the past, I have taught at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as a Visiting Assistant Professor, and at George Mason University as an Adjunct Instructor. At UL, I taught undergraduate courses in United States History and graduate courses in Digital Public History and Exhibit Development. At GMU, I taught courses in Western Civilization and World History, along with courses in American Cultures and Graduate Studies for the INTO Mason Program.
I received my PhD in Early American and Women’s and Gender History from the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University in December 2016. I earned my MA in United States History and Women’s and Gender History from Villanova University in 2012, and my BA in History from Boston College in 2010.
My dissertation and current manuscript project, “In Dependence: Women’s Protection and Subordination as Power in Early America, 1750-1820,” explores the ways in which early American women in Boston, Philadelphia, and Charleston manipulated their legal, social, and economic positions of dependence and turned these constraints into vehicles of female empowerment. Although the law and social custom established restrictions on women’s rights and behavior, early American women were not completely powerless in their dependent state. By using women’s petitions to state legislatures, divorce cases, almshouse records, newspapers, magazines, and novels, I argue that many women in this period were able to achieve a more empowered role not in spite of their dependent status but because of it. They thus exposed the paradoxes of their legal and social subordination by using the very terms of their dependence to undermine the system that was meant to keep them in submission. This project was a finalist for the 2017 SHEAR Dissertation Prize.
I am currently at work on two article-length manuscripts, one of which is currently under review.