PhD, U.S. History (1877 to Present); MA, Public History (Museum Studies)
College of Arts and Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Mark Smith
Education: Randolph Macon College, BA (History and Art History)
Bio: My primary research interests involve diplomacy and foreign relations during the Civil War and Reconstruction Eras. I am currently working on my Masters thesis, in which I am looking at silk as a commodity through both diplomatic correspondence and material culture during Reconstruction. In doing so, I am not only broadening my perspective to look beyond the domestic affairs of Reconstruction, but I am also using the material of silk to analyze the significance of foreign relations in rebuilding the nation after the war.
Over the past several years, I have interned at the National Archives in Washington, DC twice, in both the Legislative Department and the History Office, as well as at the Supreme Court of the United States in the Office of the Curator. I have also worked for Global Military Research, where I performed archival and historical research for independent contract projects. The past two years I have presented professional papers at the South Carolina Historical Association Annual Meeting. Additionally, I co-authored a report titled, A Layered History: Interpreting Cultural Resources at Sesquicentennial State Park, which was prepared for the Sesquicentennial State Park and the South Carolina State Park Program, and I currently have an article under review for the South Carolina Historical Magazine on the life of the South Carolina diplomat and statesman, William Henry Trescot.