PhD Candidate, Department of History • University of California, San Diego • email@example.com
2012-2018 University of California, San Diego • PhD in U.S. History (anticipated defense Fall 2018) • Dissertation: Self-Expression and Health: Mind-Body Medicine in the Era of the New Woman
2010-2012 Appalachian State University• MA Public History, Thesis: “Let Me See Some Insane People”: Progressive Era Development of the State Hospital at Morganton, 1882-1907
1996-2001 Weber State University• BA with University Honors, English (Major) and Sociology (Minor)
Research Interests U.S. History, 1800-1960s; Cultural History of Health, Gender, and Race; Women's History; History of Mental Health Care and Mind-Body Medicine; History of Dance and Expressive Arts
2012 Flat Top Manor Historic Furnishings Reports, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
2011 “Theatrical Entertainments and Kind Words: Nursing the Insane in Western North Carolina 1882-1907,” Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing (2011): 904-913.
Manuscripts In Development
"Relaxation to the Rescue": Battling Fatigue and Femininity in the Women's Army Corps, 1942-1945
"Outlets for Pent-Up Individualities": Black Women and the Health Culture of Black Community Pageants, 1890s-1920s.
Research Fellowships and Grants
2017 Graduate Student Travel Grant, American Association of History of Medicine
2016 New England Regional Consortium Fellowship
2016 University of California, San Diego Dean’s Travel Award
2015 University of California, San Diego History Department Research Travel Award
2013 New York Public Library Short-Term Research Fellowship
2013 University of California, San Diego History Department Research Travel Award
Awards and Scholarships
2018 Chancellor's Research Excellence Scholarship, University of California, San Diego
2016 Distinguished Teaching Assistant, UC San Diego History Department
2016 Graduate Student Conference Poster Prize, Western Association of Women Historians
2012 Outstanding Thesis in the College of Arts & Humanities, Appalachian State University
2012 Thomas K. Keefe History Scholarship, Appalachian State University
2010-2012 North Carolina Tuition Scholarship, Appalachian State University
Presentations and Lectures
2018: "Genevieve Stebbins: Stories of Blowing Rock's Mysterious "Yogi", Invited Lecture, Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.
2017: "Tranquility vs. Tranquilizers: World-War II era Battles for Mind Body Medicine," Invited Lecture, UCLA Center for Social History of Medicine and the Humanities.
2017: "Outlets for Pent Up Individualism" Black Women and the Health Culture of Black Community Pageants, 1890s-1920s," invited lecture at UC Riverside's Dance History Colloquium.
2017: "Bodies of Possibility: Swedish Movement Cures & Spaces for Social Reform," Social Science History Association, Montreal, Canada.
2017: “Mind-Body Practices for Racial Uplift: Black Women and Expressive Training, 1890s-1920s," Emerging Scholars Workshop, Richards Civil War Era Center, The Pennsylvania State University, Topic: Historicizing Blackness: Sports, Performance, and Politics
2017: “Tension Control on the Homefront and Warfront: Neuromuscular Relaxation and the G.I. Generation,” American Association for the History of Medicine Annual Meeting
2017: “Relaxation to the Rescue: Battling Fatigue and Femininity in the Women’s Army Corps, 1942-1945,” Western Association of Women Historians Annual Meeting
2016: “Swedish Movement-Cures and American Reform Movements,” Western Association of Women Historians Annual Meeting
2016: “What They Do at the Springs: Water-Cures and Mind-Body Medicine in Vermont, 1840s-1900s,” Invited presentation at the Vermont Historical Society
2016: “Water-Cure in the Time of Cholera: An Alternative History, ” Guest Lecturer, History of Public Health, University of California, San Diego
2015: “Before Yoga: History’s Position in the Modern Use of Mind-Body Medicine," Social Science History Association Annual Meeting
2014: “‘Happiness of Distinct Psychological Value’: Making Relaxation Exercises Medical and Manly,” Social Science History Association Annual Meeting
2014: “Performing Your Self: A Study of America’s First ‘Yoga’ Culture,” Berkshire Conference of Women Historians
2013: “Psycho-Physical Culture and the New Woman’s Vision of Health,” Social Science History Association Annual Meeting
2012: “‘Let Me See Some Insane People’: Normalizing Psychiatric Care in Western North Carolina,” Southern Association for History and Medicine Annual Meeting
Teaching and Research Experience
2012-current Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of California, San Diego
HILD 2A, Survey of Early American History, Dr. Mark Hanna
HILD 2B, The Nineteenth Century, U.S. History, Dr. Rachel Klein
HILD 2C: The Long Twentieth Century, U.S. History, Dr. Michael Parrish
HIUS 130: U.S. Cultural History, 1765-1860, Dr. Rachel Klein
HILD 30: History of Public Health, Dr. Claire Edington
HISC 115: History of Modern Medicine, Dr. Cathy Gere
HIUS 133: The Golden Age of Piracy, Dr. Mark Hanna
HIUS 131: United States Cultural History, 1877-1918, Dr. Rachel Klein
2011-2012 Instructor, Western Piedmont Community College, Morganton, NC
HUM 120: Cultural Study of Mental Health Care in the American South
2010-2012 Graduate Research Assistant, Appalachian State University, Dr. Neva Specht. Primary researcher and co-author of a Historic Furnishings Report on Flat Top Manor in Blowing Rock, North Carolina; Commissioned by the National Park Service
K-12 Professional Experience
2008-2010 5th Grade Teacher, Legacy Preparatory Academy, North Salt Lake City, Utah
2002-2008 Editorial Director of the Textbook Department, Gibbs Smith, Publisher, Kaysville, Utah
2016-current Youth Mentor, Western Youth Network, Boone, North Carolina
2015-current Conference Program Coordinator, Western Association of Women Historians
2006-2009 History Fair Judge and Coordinator, Utah’s Fair for National History Day
2018: Led a journey to Bali, Indonesia; worked with local leaders in Indonesia to create an experience focused on a cultural exchange of ideas, ritual, and beauty.
2017: Co-organized a yoga and history experience, Koshas and Culture, which included yoga practices alongside readings and discussion of U.S. history, ancestry research, and a visit to the African American History Museum in Washington, DC.
2015-current: Yoga teacher at Neighborhood Yoga, Boone, NC.
2015: Co-led a journey to Bali, Indonesia with Serena Crawford and the Bali Institute for Global Learning.
2014: Taught a yoga history workshop at Neighborhood Yoga focused on the relationship between the mind-body culture of American Delsartism and women’s suffrage.
2013-2014: Taught a weekly Beginners Yoga class at Neighborhood Yoga, Boone, NC.
2010: Completed 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Neighborhood Yoga, Boone, NC.