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From: Philadelphia, PA

Year in School: 2nd Year PhD

Studying: History & Women's Studies

Hi! I entered the PhD program in History & Women's Studies in the fall of 2016. I am an alumna of Bryn Mawr College and the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers at Phillips Academy--Andover. My senior thesis, which focused on early 20th century immigration law and the Pacific Northwest, received the 2015 Elizabeth Duane Gillespie Prize in American History. My current work investigates the rise and development of social work as a profession and its relationship to eugenics research at the turn of the twentieth century. 

As a historian and educator, I try to instill in my students "not 'I think, therefore I am,' but 'I interpret, therefore I must be responsible to my neighbor.'" Teaching is my sanctuary. I delight in bright floral patterns, cozy sweaters, big earrings, baklava, and sushi. In lieu of my hobbies, I offer a snapshot of some writers on my shelf: Lisa Lowe, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Sara Ahmed, Assata Shakur, Marjane Satrapi, Gloria Anzaldúa, Zadie Smith, bell hooks, Lauren Berlant, Zora Neale Hurston.