Research & Writing


Bankers Plaza Research Project, City of Wilson, 2020

Conducted research for a potential outdoor exhibit about the history of banking in Wilson, North Carolina. Traced the history of banking from the 1870s through the present including the origins of BB&T (Truist) in Wilson, its connections to the growing tobacco economy, and the founding of one of few black-owned banks in the segregated Jim Crow south, as well as the impact of the Great Depression. Wrote a full report and drafted exhibit verbiage. Sourced historic images for inclusion in possible exhibit.

Poverty Amidst Wealth: Women’s History in the Collections, Exhibits, and Future of the Cape Fear Museum

Research on women-owned businesses in the City Directories of Wilmington. My Master’s thesis explores the interpretation of women’s history in museums via case study and is available here.

Conquest, Conversion, and Concubines

Hernán Cortés and La Malinche meet Moctezuma II in Tenochtitlan, November 8, 1519. Facsimile (c. 1890) of Lienzo de Tlaxcala. My research paper centers on the story of La Malinche, the woman who translated for Hernan Cortes in the conquest of Mexico and is about the intersection between race, religion, and gender in the Spanish conquest of Mexico. You can read the paper here.