Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Reference Librarian, Massachusetts Historical Society
Website URL
lgbtq, queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, sexuality, gender, women, activism, feminism, social justice, equity, inclusion, social justice, race, whiteness, reproductive justice, librarianship, archives, religion, faith, education, pedagogy, Christianity, Protestants
Additional Contact Information
As a writer, my primary contribution for publication are book reviews in my areas of scholarly interest. I am also interested in collaborative projects such as contributions to anthologies and reference works, as well as participation in panels, workshops, and other events. If you are considering sending me an invitation to participate in an event, please note that I do not accept invitations to participate in conferences, conference panels, roundtables, or other similar events where all of the speakers/presenters are white. I will also ask to see an event code of conduct and for information about venue accessibility.

Personal Info

About Me

I am a historian, reference librarian, and writer with an interest in social justice, inclusion, and equity issues. My research interests as a historian are in Protestant Christian communities’ responses to modernity, particularly to new understandings of gender, sex, sexuality, and race. I also explore U.S. feminist and queer activisms of the long twentieth century, and left-leaning Protestant social justice efforts. As a reference librarian, my research focuses on anti-oppression work in libraries and archives.

I currently serve as a reference librarian at the Massachusetts Historical Society, review editor at Dósis: medical humanities + social justice, and as a book reviewer for Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. I review in the areas of American history, women’s history, gender and sexuality studies, history of sexuality, religious history, urban studies, library science. Between 2015-2017 I served as New England Archivists’ inaugural Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator.

I earned my B.A. in Women’s Studies and History at Hope College (2005) and my M.A./M.L.S in History and Archives Management at Simmons GSLIS (2011).

Recent Publications

“The Archival is Political: Archival Practice as Political Practice,” by Jeremy Brett and Anna Clutterbuck-Cook in Social Justice and Activism in Libraries, Moving Beyond Diversity to Action, Su Epstein and Carol Smallwood, eds. (McFarland, 2019). Forthcoming.

Contributor, Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection eds. Peg Lamphier and Rosanne Welch (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2017). Articles on Catherine Beecher, Alice Morse Earle, Sarah Kemble Knight, Lesbians, Michael v. Superior Court, National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws, Observations on the Real Rights of Women, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, Phyllis Schlafly, Suburbia, Take Back the Night, and Mercy Otis Warren.

“ ‘The Church Fathers Really Squirmed’: Contesting Heteronorms in motive Magazine, 1962-1972.” Notches: (re)marks on the history of sexuality, 19 May 2016. [online]

Panelist, “Mirror, Mirror: Reflections on Diversity and Inclusion in the Library,” Tufts University Library Staff Development Day, Cabot Intercultural Center (Medford, Mass.), 6 June 2018. [remarks]

Discussion Facilitator, “Laboring in the Archives: A Conversation about Ourselves as Workers” at Infinite Conversations, New England Archivists Fall 2017 Meeting, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Mass.), 23 September 2017. [discussion sheet (PDF)]

Panelist, “The Archival Body & the Feminist Voice” at Making Room: Practicing Feminisms Today, Boston University Center for the Humanities & Department of History of Art & Architecture (Boston, Mass.), 25 February 2017. [view remarks]

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Libraries & Archives, Politics, Public History, Religion, Sexuality, Women