I’m a born and raised Vermonter who recently made the transition to life in Brooklyn and school at NYU. This past June I graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Women and Gender Studies. This diverse academic field introduced me to Queer Theory, a theoretical stance that continues to guide my approach to historical scholarship. As an undergraduate I worked in Dartmouth’s Special Collections, where my class work and work study culminated in my Senior Seminar examination of the visual discourse of the maternal body in 16th -19th century obstetrical texts.
In my current position at Fales Special Collections I continue to hone my reference desk skills (pencils only please!), and am excited to begin processing my own archival collection. My past experiences accessing archival materials to unearth absent or partial narratives have redefined my engagement with that which is dominant and easily accessible. It is this reflective process of recognizing the holes in collective memory that has led me to archival studies, and which profoundly shapes the role I see myself playing as a student of NYU’s M.A. in Archives and Public History.