I am the Campus Outreach Program Officer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where I am responsible for developing the Museum’s enhanced, strategic outreach initiative for institutions of higher education throughout the United States. These programs take the lessons of the Holocaust beyond the Museum’s walls and inspire new generations of scholars, students, and leaders to engage with the history and contemporary relevance of the Holocaust.
I earned my Ph.D. in History at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and my research focuses on Holocaust history, gender and sexuality, and memory studies. My current book project, Pink Triangle Legacies: Holocaust Memories and Modern Gay Identity, explores how various actors in Germany and North America transformed collective memories of the Nazis’ campaign against homosexuality into transnational discourses that shaped contemporary understandings of sexual identity, human rights, and citizenship in modern democratic societies.
I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Valdosta State University. While there I benefited greatly from a liberal arts education and earned minors in international studies, German language, and took extensive coursework in cultural anthropology. My time at Valdosta State is also where I developed my love for education. Since then, my work as a public historian has been dedicated to guiding learners through a study of history to develop an ethical sense of compassion, establish an understanding of the power and limits of human agency, and wrestle with the ideals and challenges of responsible citizenship in a democratic society.
In my coffee-fueled free time, I like to reminisce about the days when reading fiction like Harry Potter was not a source of guilt associated with unproductivity.