Educational Background

2014

PhD George Mason University

As a PhD student I completed fellowships at George Washington's Mount Vernon, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. My dissertation, The Greek Fire: The Greek War for Independence and the Emergence of American Reform Movements, 1780-1860, provided the framework for what would become my first book published with Cornell University Press.

2008

MA George Mason University

As a graduate student, I worked on various online historical projects with the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, including The Object of History, a collaborative project with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. I also worked with the First Federal Congress Project, a document series affiliated with The George Washington University. My thesis, Vox Populi: The Classical Idiom in Early American Public Discourse, 1789-1791, focused on public opinion articles written at the time of the First Federal Congress.

2005 and 2006

BA University of Montana

I completed two bachelor's degrees. One in history and the other in Classics with an emphasis on Classical Civilizations. As an undergrad, I interned at the Montana Historical Society and the Archives and Special Collections at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at UM. I also completed an honors thesis through the Davidson Honors College focused on the ancient and modern history of the Vatican Hill in Rome.

 

Professional Experience

2014 to Present

Associate Professor, Northern Virginia Community College

I obtained the rank of associate professor in 2019. Courses taught: Introduction to Western Civilization I and II, Intro to World History I and II, US History I and II, Women in US History, History of Virginia, History of the Ancient World, History of the Middle East I

2009 - 2012

Park Ranger, Historical Interpretation

Provided interpretative programs on both First and Second Battles of Manassas and related themes. Assisted with editing interpretive markers, research inquiries, and wrote articles for the NPS regional battlefield newsletter.

2013

Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellow, Library Company of Philadelphia

Short-term research fellow with the Library Company and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

2008 - 2010

Research Fellow, George Washington's Mount Vernon

Digitally transcribed and annotated three of George Washington’s plantation ledgers. Worked in conjunction with the Papers of George Washington at the University of Virginia.

 

Selected Conference Presentations

July 2022, New Orleans, Louisiana

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, (SHAFR)

“The Greek Fire seems spreading”: American Popular Support for the Greek Revolution.

July 2021, Virtual

Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, (SHEAR)

Overcoming ‘an exceeding antipathy to Republicans in general and Americans in particular:’ Early American challenges at Negotiating an Ottoman Trade Agreement, 1811-1830

May 2021, Virtual

Delphi Economic Forum

American Philhellenism and Nineteenth Century Reform

March 2021, Virtual

American Hellenic Institute

Philhellenism Joins with Benevolence

July 2019, Cambridge, MA

Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, (SHEAR)

"Begun in Greece and Culminated in our American Civil War": Abolitionism and the Greek Revolution, 1821-1860

June 2016, San Diego, CA

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)

Roundtable: “Interventions: The Global Early American Republic"