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University of South Carolina
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19th Century U.S., the antebellum South, Civil War era, women and gender studies, public history, emotions history, sensory history, political history, secession
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About Me

I am a PhD candidate in History at the University of South Carolina under Professor Mark Smith. My dissertation, “1860: South Carolina Women on the Cusp of Change” examines white women’s political consciousness on the eve of South Carolina’s secession from the Union, and examines the unique ways in which gender shaped discussions of the upcoming political change, as well as the role of anticipation, fear, and religion in politics.

I also have a background in environmental history, sensory history, U.S. slavery, second wave feminism, and public history. I am currently a part-time site interpreter for the Historic Columbia Foundation and am very passionate about public history, house museums, and the Lost Cause myth in the South. I am also a manuscripts processing assistant at the South Caroliniana Special Collections Library in Columbia, S.C.

Recent Publications

“Senses Were Benumbed:” How a Civil War Nurse Handled Trauma

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, Gender, Politics, Public History, Race, Sexuality, Slavery, Women