Marymount University, Arlington, VA
Assistant Professor of History                                                                                     August 2018

Papers of James Monroe, University of Mary Washington
Associate Editor                                                                                             July 2014-present
Assistant Editor                                                                                     March 2012-June 2014

PhD University of Pennsylvania, Department of History                                May 2012

MA George Washington University, American Studies                                  May 2005

BA George Washington University, American Studies                                   May 2004
Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Founding Friendships: Friendships Between Men and Women in America’s Founding Era, 1780-1830 (Oxford University Press, 2015)
Winner of the 2016 Organization of American Historians Mary Jurich Nickliss Prize in U.S. Women’s and/or Gender History

Papers of James Monroe, Volume 5: 1803-1811, edited with Daniel Preston (ABC-Clio: September 2014)

“Friendly Relations: Situating Cross-Gender Friendships in the Early Republic,” Gender & History, April 2012

“‘A Transcript of My Heart’: The Unpublished Diaries of Margaret Bayard Smith,” Washington History, Fall/Winter 2005

Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries

Review of Flora Fraser, The Washingtons: George and Martha:’Join’d by Friendship, Crown’d by Love, Journal of the Early Republic, forthcoming

Review of C. Dallett Hemphill, Siblings: Brothers and Sisters in Early America, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Winter 2016

“James Monroe,” with Scott Harris. In Oxford Bibliographies in Atlantic History.

Review of Kate Haulman, The Politics of Fashion in Eighteenth Century America, Pennsylvania History, Spring 2014

Review of In the Words of Women, ed. North, Wedge, and Freeman, Pennsylvania History, Winter 2013

“George Washington Parke Custis” and “Friendships of George Washington,” Digital Encyclopedia of George Washington,

Academic Presentations

Defining the “family of WASHINGTON,” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR), July 2016

“The Gift of Friendship: Rituals of Exchange in Heterosocial Friendships of the Early American Republic,” Smithsonian American Art Museum brownbag series, April 1, 2016 [invited lecture]

“Making the Historical Personal: The Founding Fathers, Gender, and the Cultural Turn, ” Society for U.S. Intellectual History, Washington, DC, October 2015

“James Monroe and the Passions of Foreign Policy,” Society for Historians of American Foreign Policy, Arlington, VA, June 2015

“The ‘Amazonian Wife’: The Politics, Loves, and Public Image of Eliza Custis Law,” Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture/Society of Early Americanists Joint Annual Conference, Chicago, June 2015

Chair and Commentator, “Men’s Emotions in 18th Century Virginia,” Virginia Forum, Richmond, March 2015

“Founding Friendships at the Library of Congress,” Women’s History Discussion Group, Library of Congress, June 5, 2014

“Making Friends, Making Gender: Friendships Between Men and Women in the Atlantic World,” Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Annual Conference,  June 2013.

“Friends in Power: Early American First Ladies’ Friendships with Men,” Double Lives of the First Ladies Conference, Texas State University-San Marcos, March 1, 2013.

“ ‘You would exert your friendship for us’: Friendships Between Men and Women in the Early Republic,” presented at the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR), July 2012

“Between Friends: Rules and Rituals of Gift Exchange Between Heterosocial Friends,” presented at the Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies Graduate Student Colloquium, University of Pennsylvania, November 17, 2011.

“Friends and Lovers: Friendship and Romance in Mixed-Sex Friendships in the Early American Republic,” presented at the Newberry Library, Scholl Center, Seminar on Women and Gender, October 24, 2011

“‘The Specious Name of Friend’: Representations of Heterosocial Friendship in the Literature of Sensibility,” presented at the Colloquium on Early American Literature and Culture, New York University, March 23, 2011

“Faithful Friends: The Sacred Ties of Heterosocial Friendship in the Early American Republic,” American Historical Association conference, January 9, 2011

“Friendly Relations: Situating Cross-Gender Friendships in the Early Republic,” McNeil Center for Early American Studies, September 22, 2010

“Teaching Rosemarie Zagarri’s Revolutionary Backlash,” McNeil Center for Early American Studies, June 14, 2010

“ ‘The soft whispers of private friendship’: Heterosocial Friendships Among the Political Elite in the Early Republic,” SHEAR 2009 conference, July 2009.

“A Technical Masterpiece: Maxfield Parrish’s Daybreak and the Fusion of Art and Technology,” presentation at Artefacts Conference, Smithsonian Institution, October 5, 2008.

“Shedding Light on Daybreak: Maxfield Parrish’s Painting as a Modern Art Commodity,” presentation at the Mid Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, October 27-29, 2006.

“Politeness as Power: Etiquette and Political Culture in Early Washington, D.C.,” presentation at the Middle Atlantic American Studies Association, Harrisburg, PA, April 1, 2006.

Public Outreach

Founding Friendships, Monticello/Jefferson Library, June 2016

Founding Friendships, Tenley-Friendship Library, DCPL, February 3, 2016

Featured Interview at Grateful American Foundation on James Monroe, January 2016,

Founding Friendships, Powel House, Philadelphia, December 3, 2015

“James Monroe and Foreign Policy,” CSPAN American History TV, June 26, 2015

Founding Friendships, Ford Evening Book talk, Fred. W Smith National Library, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, July 23, 2015

Founding Friendships, Arlington Central Library, June 30, 2015

Founding Friendships, Journey Through Hallowed Ground Lecture Series, Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, Virginia, June 3, 2015

Workshop and book talk with high school sophomore class, Holton-Arms School, Bethesda, MD, April 2, 2015

Founding Friendships, Books and Beyond Series, Library of Congress, March 24, 2015

Families and Friendships of the Founding Era, Virginia Festival of the Book, March 22, 2015

Founding Friendships, Society of the Cincinnati, March 17, 2015

Founding Friendships, Women’s History Month Lecture, Library Company of Philadelphia, March 3, 2015

Founding Friendships, Speaker Series, Politics & Prose bookstore, February 14, 2015

Featured historian, “Andrew Jackson’s Election and Inauguration,” Mysteries at the Museum (Travel Channel), airing Fall 2014

“The Course of True Friendship Never Did Run Smooth: James Monroe and George Washington’s Evolving Relationship,” Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington Teacher Institute, August 6, 2014

Session Organizer and Chair, James Monroe, Life and Legacy Symposium, University of Mary Washington, October 19, 2013

“Female Friends of the Founders,” Second Annual Women’s History Lecture, James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, March 27, 2013

Teaching Experience

Instructor, The World of James Monroe                                                           Spring 2013, 2016
University of Mary Washington

  • Designed course for credit in History, American Studies, and Historic Preservation
  • Cultural history of the early American republic using objects from the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library

Instructor, Cultural History of Early America                                                       Fall 2014
George Washington University

  • Problem-based sophomore/junior level course in which students read and analyze scholarly articles
  • Lecture course with 120 students; supervised four teaching assistants

Instructor, US in the World to 1865                                                               Summer 2010
University of Pennsylvania

  • Designed and taught an online version of the first half of the US history survey

Teaching Assistant, Department of History                                                      2008-2009
University of Pennsylvania

  • Taught US in the World to 1865, US in the World since 1865, and History of Africa, 1800-present
  • Developed lessons for and led weekly discussion sections
  • Participated in design of evaluation materials and graded exams and essays

Qualified to teach/examination fields: American History to 1877, Gender in Early America, Historical Anthropology (ABD June 2008)

Professional Service

Member, Working Group II                                                                              2016
Congressional Commission on the National Women’s History Museum

Graduate Representative                                                                                   2011-2012
Penn Library Committee on Graduate Research

Works-in-Progress Series Coordinator                                                           2010-2011
McNeil Center for Early American Studies

Graduate Advisor                                                                                 Spring 2010 & 2011
McNeil Center for Early American Studies Undergraduate Workshop

Workshop Organizer                                                                                                  2009
Digital Humanities workshop for faculty and grad students
Department of History, University of Pennsylvania

Graduate Student Organization Co-Chair                                                     2008-2009
Department of History

Conference Organizer                                                                                                2007
Material Culture Forum Conference on New Media & Museums

Board Member                                                                                                     2005-2007
Smithsonian Material Culture Forum

Other Professional Experience
Curatorial Research Associate                                                             May-August 2011
Museum of the American Revolution

Digital Humanities Consultant                                                                        2007-2008
University of Pennsylvania Schoenberg Center for
Electronic Text Initiatives

Scholarly Publications and Programs Manager                                             2006-2007
Smithsonian Institution, Freer and Sackler Galleries

New Media Content Producer                                                                           2005-2006
Smithsonian Institution, American Art Museum

Fellowships and Research Appointments

Andrew W. Mellon Fellow                                                                                           2016
Virginia Historical Society

Research Fellow                                                                                                      2015
Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington

Research Associate                                                                                             2010-2012
McNeil Center for Early American Studies

Quinn Foundation Fellow                                                                                 2011-2012
Competitively awarded completion fellowship
University of Pennsylvania

Annenberg History Fellow                                                                                 2010-2011
University of Pennsylvania

Lord Baltimore Short-Term Fellowship                                                                   2010
Maryland Historical Society

Pew Presidential Fellowship                                                                                      2009
Summer research and travel grant from University of Pennsylvania

Andrew W. Mellon Short-Term Fellowship                                                            2009
Research fellowship at Library Company of Philadelphia and
Historical Society of Pennsylvania for dissertation research

Presidential Prize Research Fellowship                                                                   2008
Summer research and travel grant from University of Pennsylvania

Benjamin Franklin Fellowship                                                                         2007-2010
University of Pennsylvania graduate fellowship

American Studies Graduate Fellowship                                                          2004-2005
George Washington University

Certification in editing historical documents from Association of Documentary Editing and the NHPRC

Certificate in College and University Teaching, University of Pennsylvania


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