I am dedicated to providing your business or organization with well-researched information, quality writing, and top-notch editing. I create content that engages audiences, from writing articles on historical transatlantic interactions, to researching contemporary medical advancements, to composing newsletters that promote your business.
Hooray for Books!
From February 2016 to March 2017, I held the position of Social Media Manager at Hooray for Books!, a cute indie bookshop in Alexandria, VA. I ran the store Twitter account, Facebook account, and created the store's Instagram account. Twice weekly, I wrote copy for an e-newsletter which reached over 1000 subscribers. Additionally, I helped customers find books to fill their minds with wonder, I stocked shelves, I worked at author events, and I ran the weekly picture book story time for 3-5 year olds.
Georgetown University Library Special Collections
While I attended graduate school at Georgetown University, I worked as a manuscripts assistant at the Booth Family Center for Special Collections. During this time, I learned how to process archival collections and I learned how to conduct basic conservation on moldy or dirty manuscripts. After I received my M.A. in May of 2015, I stayed on with Special Collections through a special grant, and I served as the primary processor on the George Horton Papers and the Leland B. Morris Papers. During the course of the next six months, I researched the lives of these twentieth-century historical personages, contextualizing the contents of their papers. I wrote descriptions of the collections for the Special Collections catalog, and organized the records according to standard archival procedures.
During the 2010-2011 academic year, I served as a research assistant for a blind PhD candidate, whose work focused on women's education in eighteenth-century America. I helped her to conduct primary source research: I used library and special collections catalogues to find sources that seemed relevant, then set up appointments to view the materials. Over the course of the year, I read Court Order books, diaries, letters, and lesson books dating from ca. 1750 to ca. 1800. Many of these were handwritten, and many were on microfilm. I transcribed the relevant information into an Excel spreadsheet, and from there, the candidate had software that allowed her to access the information to use for her dissertation. I also included a Word document with interesting tidbits that might not be directly relevant to her work, but which were the rewards of hours in the archives.
2016, 'All the World's a Stage': Performing Identity in Everyday Life Conference, University of Bristol
Paper: “Charlotte Charke's Narrative, Prodigal Daughters, and Breeches Roles: Crafting Gender within Eighteenth-Century Literary and Theatrical Traditions”
2015, Alice Through the Ages Conference, Homerton College, University of Cambridge
Paper: “Alice’s Rabbit Hole and Coraline’s Door: Adaptation in Literature and Film”
2014, Georgetown University English Graduate Student Conference, Georgetown University
Paper: “Shaping ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’: Editorial Apparatus, Responses, and Revision”
2013, Blackfriars Conference, American Shakespeare Center
Paper: “The Profitable Art of Revision: The Audience Contract and The Failure of The Knight of the Burning Pestle”
Georgetown University, Washington D.C.: M.A. in English Literature and Pedagogy (2015)
The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA: M.A. in Comparative History (2011)
The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA : B.A. Major: History, Minor: Literary and Cultural Studies (2009)
Skills and Certifications
I am fluent in English and I can read intermediate French. I'm currently Duolingo-ing Spanish, but I would hardly say I have any kind of proficiency in the language. I am proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Publisher. I know my way around Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, plus I have a lot of experience working in Constant Contact and MailChimp. I have served as a peer-reviewer for Predicate, an academic journal run and edited by Georgetown University's English Graduate Student Association.
I hold a certificate in Early American History, Material Culture, and Museum Studies from the National Institute of American History and Democracy (NIAHD), and I hold a valid Virginia drivers license.
I read a lot of books, especially fairytale retellings and middle grade novels. I also appreciate scary/eerie short stories, à la Joe Hill, Edgar Allan Poe, Faulkner's “A Rose for Emily," and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I recently beat Calamity Ganon and Dark Beast Ganon in Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and I've gotten pretty good at spotting Koroks. I really like cross-stitching, too; I'm currently about halfway through an Alice in Wonderland-inspired design.