Relaying history to a broader audience is my passion—whether that be through my own writing, processing manuscript collections for the public, or supporting an author through research and editorial assistance. Believing in the versatility of the field, for the past ten years I have sought opportunities that have allowed me to use my skills in diverse ways.
After finishing my B.A. in history in 2009, I worked as a professional researcher for the Waccamaw Center at Coastal Carolina University (my alma mater). There, I honed my skills though research, grant-writing, and project development. One of those grants took me to the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina the following year to work on two book projects, which were later published by USC Press. While at the Caroliniana, I worked with the deputy director of the library as well as an acquisitions editor at USC Press. There I turned tattered and torn papers into beautifully arranged collections, the journal of a Lowcountry slaveholder into a fully-annotated book, and the 300-year history of the First Baptist Church of Georgetown into a synthesis that not only documents the church’s history but speaks to the long legacy of slavery and inequality in the South.
In 2011, I came to Duke University to pursue an M.A. and PhD in history. While at Duke, I have had the privilege of collaborating with many wonderful scholars. My dissertation, which explores violence and legal culture in nineteenth-century New York City, has taken me all over the U.S. to conduct research at archives and to present my work at conferences. I have translated the skills I have acquired as a PhD candidate to a broader audience through various internships in university publishing, library science, and public history.