As a rapidly growing field, public history has opened possibilities for the study of the relationship between history and memory, and the ways in which archives, oral history projects, and other public uses of the past contribute to the construction of identities, the formation of communities, and to resistance and assimilation. Instead of offering a “best practice” approach to historical interpretation at public sites like much of the literature in public history, my work provides a critical study of identity, history, and memory. “LGBTQ” as a single historical narrative obscures the differences in bodies, genders, and other pertinent experiences. Which histories are prioritized? What “norms” do these histories reinforce? Which cultural norms are challenged? How are these histories used? These are the types of questions I undertake within my work.
My research interests include:
Modern American Social Movements
History of Gender and Sexuality
History of Feminism(s) and Feminist Thought
Theory of History
Production and Representation of the Past