I graduated with my Ph.D. in History from the University of South Carolina in 2017 and my dissertation was titled “Within the House of Bondage: Constructing and Negotiating the Plantation Landscape in the British Atlantic World, 1670-1820.” In it, I compared the transformation of the Georgian worldview in South Carolina, Virginia, and Barbados between 1670-1820 and argued that architectural space shaped the daily lives and interactions of blacks and whites on the plantation, profoundly impacting (and impacted by) ideas about power, race, and gender, contributing to the development of first a colonial, and then an American, identity. At the University of South Carolina, I also completed a Certificate in Historical Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management (CRM) in the Department of Anthropology.
I am a social historian, but I have studied the architectural history, archaeology, and material culture of the American South (particularly Virginia and South Carolina) and the Atlantic World in the 17th and early-18th centuries. My comps fields were US History to 1877 (18th Century – Dr. Danial Littlefield, 19th Century – Dr. Mark Smith), a composite field on architectural history, built environment, landscape, and material cuture (Dr. Lydia Brandt), and the Atlantic World 1450-1850 (Dr. Matt Childs). Prior to my doctoral work, I graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in History (where I completed an honors thesis on the evolution of the staircase in Virginia architecture under the direction of Dr. James P. Whittenburg) and a Certificate in Early American History and Museum Studies from the National Institute of American History and Democracy (NIAHD).
I am currently the 2017-2019 Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow at the American Philosophical Society where I am the co-curator for the 2018 exhibition (In Franklin's Footsteps: 275 Years at the American Philosophical Society) and the lead curator for the 2019 exhibition (Working Title: Mapping the New Nation). In addition to my curatorial work, I am beginning the process of turning my dissertation into a book and am working on several articles. I’ll be presenting at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association for Women Historians and at the Annual Meeting of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture in June 2018.