I am a historian of race, gender and material culture in the nineteenth century United States. My research examines how space informed the interactions between civilians and the Union army on the southern home front during the American Civil War. I hope to bring my passion for the past into a public history career. I have worked at a number of museums and historic sites thanks to having grown up outside of Washington, D.C and attended the University of Virginia for undergrad (Wahoowa!). I spend most of my time reading in the stacks in Fondren Library or drinking copious amounts of coffee. I am thrilled to be working with the Grants Committee this year and I look forward seeing how Rice graduate students continue to innovate exciting professional projects, social activities, and research.