A Massachusetts native, I graduated from Amherst College in 2008 with a BA in History. In my senior thesis, I wrote a microhistory of a man named James Papaw, who was freed from slavery in 1729 by the colonial government in Virginia in exchange for his medical knowledge. In the present, my research interests continue to include colonial and antebellum slavery and Southern US history, in addition to the history of education.
After graduating, I moved to New York City and taught Kindergarten for three years at a public school in the city. Changing my role from teacher back to student, I am now in my first semester in NYU’s Archives and Public History M.A. program. As a student in the public history concentration, I seek to combine my academic and research background with my experience as an educator in order to produce exhibits and educational programming for elementary age students.