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First Name
Alyssa Toby
Last Name
George Mason University
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disaster studies, public history, digital history
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About Me

Alyssa is a PhD candidate in American history with minor fields in digital humanities and public history. Her research interests are late nineteenth and early twentieth century disasters, Reconstruction, the political, social, and cultural lives of freedpeople in the South during Reconstruction, and memory and memorialization in public spaces. Alyssa is currently working on her dissertation, which is tentatively titled “‘With All Her Sad Disasters, What Do We See in this City?’: Reconstruction, Race, and the Politics of Disaster in Richmond, 1870-1918.” Her dissertation examines three disasters that occurred in Richmond in 1870 and uses them as a lens to understand the history of the city in the Reconstruction era as well as the public memory of the disasters. Currently she works as a digital humanities librarian.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
Libraries & Archives, Museums, Public History