About Me

I am a PhD candidate in history at Brandeis University, where I study the history of gender, sexuality, and print culture in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America. 

My dissertation, “Motherhood Writ Large: Transgressive Maternity and American Popular Print, 1768-1868,” examines the stories of women who violated the legal and social norms of motherhood and the robust popular debate that their actions generated.  My work has been supported by the American Antiquarian Society, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium.  For the 2017-2018 academic year, I am a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University's Department of History.

I also hold an MLS with an archival concentration from the University of Maryland's History and Library Science program, and I have worked at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Newberry Library for the Humanities, and University of Maryland's Special Collections in Performing Arts.