Curriculum Vitae






Ph.D., History, George Mason University, December 2016


M.A., History, Villanova University, May 2012

  • Concentrations: United States History, Women’s and Gender History


B.A., History, Boston College, cum laudeMay 2010

  •    Scholar of the College Honors Thesis: “‘Tis Liberty’s Voice We Hear’: Revolutionary Social Movements in Boston and Philadelphia”



2013: “Ladies Association of Philadelphia” in The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, available at



  • In Dependence: Women’s Protection and Subordination as Power in Early America, 1750-1820 (Book-length manuscript in progress)
  • “A Paradox of Power: Women, Coverture, and Divorce Testimony in Early Boston and Philadelphia” (Submitted for initial review at Journal of Women’s History)
  • “‘For the better providing, maintenance and Support’: South Carolina Women’s Exploitation of Property Laws in Early America” (Article-length manuscript in preparation for submission)



2017                Finalist, SHEAR Dissertation Prize

2016                International Travel Grant, Graduate and Professional Students Association, George Mason University

2016                Summer Research Fellowship, Office of the Provost, George Mason University

2015-16           Deutsch Fellow in Women’s History, Library Company of Philadelphia and Historical Society of Pennsylvania

2015-16           Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Office of the Provost, George Mason University

2015-16           Kurt Andrew Dodd Tuition Fellowship, George Mason University Department of History and Art History

2015                Summer Research Fellowship, Office of the Provost, George Mason University

2015                Dissertation Travel Grant, Office of the Provost, George Mason University

2014                Passed Minor Field Exam in Gender and Women’s History with Distinction

2014                Provost’s Award for Dissertation Research Travel, George Mason University

2013                SHEAR Graduate Travel Award

2013                Graduate Student Travel Grant, Graduate and Professional Students Association, George Mason University

2012-15           History Department Graduate Assistantship and Tuition Scholarship, George Mason University

2012                Passed M.A. Comprehensive Examination with Distinction, Department of History, Villanova University Department

2012                Graduate Studies Travel Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Villanova University

2011-12           Tuition Scholar, History Department, Villanova University

2010                Scholar of the College, Boston College

2010                Thomas H. O’Connor Award in American History, Department of History, Boston College

2009                One-Week Scholar, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York, NY



2017                “‘For her sole and separate use’: Charleston Women, Coverture, and Marital Settlements in the Early Republic,” SHEAR Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, July 2017

2016                “Freedom from Dependence: Women, Marriage, and the Negotiation of Power in the Early Republic,” Rethinking Women’s History Conference, Paris, France, June 2016

“Bearing Witness, Empowering Women: Gender and Boundary-Crossing in Early American Divorce Depositions,” CUNY EARS Graduate Conference, May 2016

2013                “‘Under the necessity of giving this public notice’: Marital Discord and Desertion in Philadelphia, 1785-1812,” SHEAR Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO, July 2013

2012                “A Blessing and a Curse: Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson and Marital Desertion in Eighteenth-Century America,” Barnes Club Graduate History Conference, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, March 2012 and Annual Meeting, Ohio Academy of History, Columbus, OH, March 2012

2010                “‘Thy Power, O Liberty, Makes Strong the Weak”: African-American Experience in Revolutionary Boston and Philadelphia,” Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Convention, San Diego, CA, January 2010





2016-17           Earned Certification for Online Instruction via NVCC ELI Program

2014-15           Teaching Assistant, World History and Instructor for World History Recitation (two sections), George Mason University

2012-14           Teaching Assistant, Western Civilization, George Mason University

2012                Teaching Assistant, Twentieth-Century Russian History, Villanova University

2011-12           Research Assistant to Dr. Cristina Soriano, Villanova University

2009                Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Research Assistant to Dr. Cynthia Lynn Lyerly, History Department, Boston College

2009                Undergraduate Research Assistant to Dr. Mary Sarah Bilder, Boston College Law School



Dr. Rosemarie Zagarri

University Professor and Professor of History, George Mason University

Dr. Cynthia Kierner

Director, Ph.D. Program in History and Professor of History, George Mason University

Dr. Jane Turner Censer

Professor of History, George Mason University