PhD Candidate, Lecturer

Contact information
612 Oldfather Hall
Department of History
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588, USA
Phone: (402) 472-2414

Joined the Department:

August 2010

I am a member of the UNL History Department's PhD program after moving here from Greensboro, North Carolina. Pre-modern European history from roughly 1450-1650 is my primary focus, in particular early modern England (i.e. the Tudor period from 1485-1603), women and gender, print culture, and the monstrous. Dr. Carole Levin is my mentor. As a teaching assistant and instructor for World history classes and a comparative world field in modern East Asia, I have a broad grasp of history beyond my expertise areas. Much of my work is also interdisciplinary and comparative, incorporating art history, drama, and digital history theory concerning media.

In particular, my dissertation “Women on the Margins of English History, 1480-1642" focuses on the evolution of English chronicles from medieval manuscripts into the seventeenth-century foundations of modern historical writing.  It will examine the place of women in the narratives of, and reader response to (e.g. marginalia, commonplace books), manuscript and printed English chronicles. This work will provide a new illumination not only into the importance of chronicles to English readers investigating their past, but also how important marginal groups (e.g. the concept of monstrous women) were in the narratives, and thus central to understanding early modern England. The frequent episodes of "monstrous and marvelous" in these chronicles is too much to include in its entirety in the dissertation, but is the prime object of future research, and I am making note of information and examples as I do my dissertation research.

  • Doctor of Philosophy, European History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in progress
    • Minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies
    • Certificate in Digital Humanities, in progress
  • Master of Arts, European History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, May 2010
  • Bachelor of Arts, History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, May 2008, summa cum laude
    • Minors: Anthropology and Business
  • Associate of Arts, Transfer Courses, Surry Community College, December 2005, summa cum laude
    • early modern England (Tudor England)
    • print culture
    • women and gender
    • monstrous / monsters (literature, rhetoric, and visual instances)
    • power, particularly concerning queenship
    Current projects
    • Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, assistant to the director, Fall 2014 - Spring 2015
    • preparing a conference paper for Sixteenth Century Studies Conference 2014
    • co-organizing and co-presiding over a MEARCSTAPA panel at TEMA 2014
    • preparing to teach courses at Doane College in Fall 2014
    • Analyzing archival research completed at Columbia University Libraries, Morgan Library, NYPL, and the Newberry Library as I get underway with writing my dissertation

    Teaching Experience

    My teaching philosophy focuses upon the skills of information evaluation, organization, and articulation that history provides, specifically seeking to draw connections from the past to current world issues and situations that students deal with or hear about every day.

    • HIST 120X: World History to 1500, Lecturer, UNL, Fall 2013 (Sec. 900) and Summer 2014 (Secs. 700 and 900)
    • WMNS 101: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies; Secs. 700, 800, 900;  Lecturer, UNL, Spring 2014
    • HIST 105: History of Civilization I (1300-1815), 2 sections, Lecturer, Doane College, Fall 2014
    • HIST 341: Modern British History, 1 section, Lecturer, Doane College, Fall 2014

    Teaching Assistant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, August 2010-May 2013

    • HIST 216: History of Christianity, Dr. Amy Burnett, Spring 2013
    • HIST 231: History of England from Stonehenge to 1688, Dr. Carole Levin, Fall 2012
    • HIST 120: World History to 1500, Dr. Jessica Coope, Spring 2012 (I taught 2 recitation sections)
    • HIST 210: Ancient Rome, Dr. Vanessa Gorman, Fall 2011
    • HIST 121: World History from 1500 to Present, Dr. Christine Dempsey, Spring 2011
    • HIST 100: Western Civilization to 1715, Dr. Mark Lee, Fall 2010

    Graduate Assistant, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, August 2008-May 2010

    • Western Civilization 101, Mark Moser, Spring 2010
    • HIS 221: Medieval Legacy, Anne Barton, Fall 2009
    • Dr. Greg O'Brien, transcribed New Orleans newspapers from 1849, Fall 2008 and Spring 2009
    • HIS 348: World at War: 1914-1918, Dr. Paul Mazgaj, Fall 2008

    Selected Honors and Awards
    • Columbia University Libraries Research Award, 2014-15
    • Marguerite C. and Clare McPhee Research Fellowship, Spring 2014
    • Knoll Graduate Essay Award, UNL Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, May 2012
    • Albin T. and Pauline Anderson Memorial Award for excellence in research in European history, UNL History Department, May 2012
    • Agnes Strickland award for best graduate student paper given in the Queen Elizabeth I Society sessions at South Central Renaissance Conference, March 2011
    • Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor Society, inducted 2007
    • Phi Theta Kappa
    Selected Presentations
    • “’None haue behynde theim, left so greate treasure’: tracing intertextuality and paratextual development from manuscript to print in 15th and 16th century English chronicles” for The Early Book Society’s session #565 on "Manuscript to Print and Back Again: Texts, Glosses, Illustrations,” at the 49th annual International Congress for Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI; May 8-11, 2014
    • “Where Did the Walking Fish Come From? Looking at Graphic Influence in the Design and Meaning of Les Songes Drolatiques de Pantagruel,” at Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies 19th annual conference “Beasts, Humans, and Transhumans in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.” Phoenix Arizona; February 14-16, 2013.
    • “Good Queens, Natural Women, and Monstrous Mothers: Tudor Queenship in the English Chronicles” in Session 11 “Rethinking Women’s Roles: Spiritual Leadership, Monstrous Motherhood, and Political Activity in the Lives of Early Modern Women” at the 2013 Newberry Library Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference. Chicago, Illinois; January 24-26, 2013.
    • “’That Monstrous Woman’: Joan of Arc in 15th and 16th century English Chronicles” at the 600th Anniversary of the Birth of Joan of Arc event held by the UNL Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program. November 28, 2012.
    • “‘I was not I?’: Tracing Representations of Cleopatra in English Drama, 1592-1626,” in the “Elizabeth I, Literature, and Other Queens” session of the Queen Elizabeth I Society during the South Central Renaissance Conference, St. Louis University, March 3-5, 2011.

    • Review, co-authored with Dr. Carole Levin, on Paulina Kewes, Ian W. Archer, and Felicity Heal, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Holinshed's Chronicles (Oxford University Press, 2013). Forthcoming The Sixteenth Century Journal.
    • Review, co-authored with Dr. Carole Levin, on Judith Richards’ Elizabeth I (Routledge, 2012). Forthcoming in The Sixteenth Century Journal.
    • Catalogue entry: "Francois Desprez," Walking Fish from Les Songes Drolatiques de Pantagruel. In Media Revolution: Early Prints from the Sheldon's Vault, Gregory Nosan and Alison G. Stewart (2012). Zea E-Books. Book 9.
    • Review of digital humanities website Henry III Fine Rolls Project: A window into English history, 1216-1272 by King's College, London's Department of History and Centre for Computing in the Humanities. (Spring 2011)
    • “Earl of Carlisle (James Hay)” and “Sir Thomas Warner.” The Facts on File Encyclopedia of the Caribbean, ed. John D. Garrigus. (Under contract; forthcoming)
    • “Anne Basset.” “Margaret Gamage Howard.”  “Elizabeth Jerningham.” “Joan Cosan.” “Margaret Davy.” “Katherine Basset.” “Mary Basset.” “Margaret Bourchier.” “Elizabeth Bryan Carew.” “Elizabeth Hussey Hungerford.” “Honor Plantagenet.” “Briget More.” “Mary Scrope.” “Anne Sapcote Broughton Jerningham Russell.” “Jane Fyneux Roper.” “Mary Norris Carew Champernowne.” A Biographical Encyclopedia of Early Modern Englishwomen, Exemplary Lives and Memorable Acts, 1500-1650, eds. Carole Levin, Michele Osherow, and Anna Riehl. Ashgate. (forthcoming)
    Related Work and Volunteer Experience
    • NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers: “Researching Early Modern Manuscripts and Printed Books.” Directors: Clare Lois Carroll, City University of New York, and Marc Caball, University College Dublin. Held in New York, NY from June 15—July 11.
    • Preparing Future Faculty fellow, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2013
    • Internship, International Association for Feminist Economics, Nov 2011 - May 2013
    • Judge for the National History Day: Nebraska contest, April 20, 2013
    • Internship, University of Nebraska Press, May 8 to August 9, 2012
    • Graduate student organizing committee, UNL 22nd Annual Campus-wide Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop, August 2012
    • University of Virginia, Rare Book School. Course H-30: “The Printed Book in the West to 1800.” June 4-8, 2012. Charlottesville, VA. Taught by Martin Antonetti.
    • Summer Institute for Online Teaching (SIOT), May-June 2012, certificate with completion
    • Blackboard 9.0/9.1 training course, May-June 2012, certificate with completion
    • Tutor, Surry Community College, September 2004-December 2005
    • Science Camp Teacher, SciWorks, grades PreK-1st, Summer 2004-2010
    • Science Camp Teacher Assistant, SciWorks, grades PreK-2nd, Summer 2001-2003

    Documents and links
    Andrea Nichols, 2010