Born and raised in the exotic locale of Hadley, MA, I came to UMass Amherst to obtain my Master’s in History with a certificate in Public History. I obtained my B.A. from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, double-majoring in English Literature and American History. While at Wheaton, I had my first brush with the myriad careers that public history can encompass, serving as a Collections Assistant with the college’s museum collection for a semester, and then holding the position of Curatorial Intern for the next three years, working hands-on with a teaching collection of 8,000+ objects.
Along with a practical experience grounded in collections management and registration, my research interests include colonial, revolutionary, and early federal American history, culinary history & historic foodways, the history of collecting, American material culture, and women’s & LGBT history. My undergraduate capstone thesis “Portia, Marcia, & Clio: A Case Study of Women’s Private and Public Political Discourse in the Age of Revolution” provided a close reading of the collected proto-feminist writings of Abigail Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, and Catharine Macaulay. In addition to this capstone work, my independent research into Wheaton’s Shippee Rental Collection and proximal relationship to campus history was featured in the 2016 Wheaton Symposium.