About Me

In July 2016, I joined the faculty of Colgate University as assistant professor of history, affiliated with the programs in women’s studies and museum studies.

My research centers on questions of women, girlhood, and religion in late 19th century North America (with a particular focus on American Catholicism), and the role of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies in developing campus histories and public history sites and curricula. At present, I am working on my book manuscript, tentatively titled The Young Catholic: Girlhood and the Making of American Catholicism, which argues for the centrality of young women’s narratives in nineteenth-century U.S. Catholic history.

seneca falls road trip 2013
Visiting Wesleyan Chapel, Seneca Falls, NY.

Prior to joining the Colgate faculty, I taught courses in U.S. history and gender and sexuality studies at Bryn Mawr College, the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois-Chicago, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I earned a B.A. from Barnard College and an A.M. and Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Chicago.

As the CLIR Fellow and Director of Bryn Mawr College’s Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education from 2014-2016, my work focused on the digital possibilities of women’s and gender history research and pedagogy, and the development of college archives to better document contemporary and diverse histories. I advised the award-winning undergraduate public history project Black at Bryn Mawr and co-organized the National Council on Public History working group on campus histories during 2015-2016.

I have been involved in a number of other public projects that make history more accessible to a wider audiences — interests that grew out of my work at the Museum of the City of New York from 2001-2004, and that I later pursued as a coordinator for exhibition and oral history projects at Chicago’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality from 2007-2014.

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CV (updated February 8, 2019)

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