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Maria D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Williamsburg, VA, USA

Biography

I received my PhD from the American Studies Program at William & Mary and happily serve as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at James Monroe's Highland. After several years as a public school teacher, I completed my MA in English at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where my graduate thesis focused on folklore, geography and tourism in the coastal Carolinas. At William & Mary, my dissertation studied the relationship between popular culture, public history and the haunting power of place in the Tidewater region of Virginia. I have worked with several regional history organizations, including the Mariners' Museum Library and Menokin Foundation. I have also instructed courses for William & Mary's American Studies Program and National Institute of American History and Democracy. Most recently, I was a staff member at William & Mary Libraries Special Collections Research Center where I designed exhibits and worked with new collections. I have shared my research at annual meetings for the American Studies Association, National Council on Public History, National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Virginia Consortium of Early Americanists.