Fields: Public History, graveyard and cemetery preservation, the Civil War and the transnational 19th century, Art History (classical)
History is tricky business. The closer you get, the more you realize that, to paraphrase a famous Doctor, it is not straight forward but made up of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey…stuff. I am fascinated by this stuff. When people ask me what kind of history I like best or what area I prefer to study, my answer is always the same: all of it. The truth of this has narrowed somewhat over the years, but by and large I find my historical interests have not become more focused so much as shifted. By the time I graduated Gettysburg College in 2012, I found that I had become fascinated less by research and more by the point where it hit the pavement. In academic parlance, public history.
Here at UMass, I am closer than ever. While I have had insightful and transformative experiences working in cultural organizations such as Canterbury Shaker Village and the American Museum in Britain, I look forward to the public history program giving me a more systematic and rigorous way to become better. Better at being a historian, yes, but more importantly, better at taking responsibility for a tiny part of the wibbly-wobbly past we all share.