About Me

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I recently received my Ph.D. in History at The Ohio State University with fields in Early America, Modern America, and the History of Literacy. My dissertation examines reason and religion in the nineteenth-century United States through an examination of several educators of different religious backgrounds, including evangelical Protestant, non-evangelical Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Jewish.

My other research interests include print culture (especially children’s books and religious publications) in the early republic, antebellum reform,  the antebellum slavery debate in literature, the history of literacy, the history of childhood in the United States, religion in American history, and museums/public history. From 2012-2013, I served as co-chair for the Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar in Literacy Studies, sponsored by Literacy Studies@OSU. In addition to my academic background, I have a passion for sharing history with the public, and I have worked at number of museums and historic sites, including, most recently, James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor, Ohio.

My educational background:

Ph.D. – History (Early America), The Ohio State University (2017)

M.A. – History (U.S.) with a concentration in Public History/Museum Studies, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2009)

B.A. – History and Anthropology/Archaeology, Washington and Lee University (2007)

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