Since childhood, I've been fascinated by history, museums, and the minutiae of everyday life in early America. Throughout my undergraduate and graduate training, I've worked toward a career in museums and public history. I hold an M.A. in History with a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Delaware, and a B.A. in History and another in Music from Binghamton University, The State University of New York.
My dissertation assesses how early modern mothers and medical men understood the maternal body as monstrous in material ways in the British Atlantic world. Objects ranging from facsimiles of the human body (such as dolls, waxwork figures, and anatomical models), and objects that supplemented and augmented the maternal body (such as nipple shields and breast glasses) tell us what constituted natural and unnatural ways to procreate in the early modern period.
Outside of graduate school, I crochet, play Animal Crossing, and collect nineteenth-century ephemera.