Hi, I’m Leah

I’m a first-year Public History MA student at AU. I am originally from northern New Jersey. I graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2019 where I majored in history and wrote my thesis on the change in the interpretation of John Brown’s Raid. During college, I worked as an interpretive intern at Gettysburg National Military Park and as a living history intern at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. My focus is the Civil War as well as mid to late 19th-century immigration and labor activism.

I decided to attend American because of all the opportunities within Washington, DC, and the support of the professors and alumni community. I am currently working as a National Park Ranger at George Washington Memorial Parkway. I have had the opportunity to create pop-up programs about Jones Point and the Marine Corps as well as interact with visitors through our Mobile Visitor Center. I am also working as a curriculum development intern for Blake Learning Solutions, an instructional design company contracted to create the education program for Arlington National Cemetery. As an intern, I conduct research on important figures interred at Arlington Cemetery and create informative walking tours for student groups and lifelong learners. As a result of this internship, I now hope to pursue a career as an education specialist.

Through this course, I hope to learn how to learn about the theories and methods behind “digital history” as well as the different digital tools and databases used by academic and public historians. I also hope to conduct more mapping projects as I thoroughly enjoyed creating those in undergrad.

I am also a huge soccer fan and very excited for the USWNT to secure their fifth Gold Medal at the Olympics this year!! Oosa-Oosa-Oosa-Ah!!

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I am also a Tottenham Hotspur fan. #COYS

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