Relaying history to a broader audience, whether that be through my own writing or by processing manuscript collections for the public, is my passion. I have pursued a career as a historian by way of different avenues—as a researcher, processing archivist, author, and instructor. Believing in the versatility of the field, for the past ten years I have sought after 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 USC the following year to work on two book projects, which were later published by USC Press. The Caroliniana allowed me to gain experience in archival processing. I proceeded to work there alongside the deputy director who taught me the art of turning tattered and torn papers into beautifully arranged collections.
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 and library science.
I am currently the graduate intern for the John Hope Franklin Research Center, where I am co-processing two of the largest collections currently housed by the Rubenstein Library. I plan to defend my dissertation in the fall semester. I am currently seeking a full-time position where I can apply my knowledge of U.S. and Atlantic World history as well as my archival processing and research experience.