Excellent communication skills, written and spoken
Attention to detail; superior organizational skills; keen sense of grammar
Highly developed critical reading, writing, and research skills
Continuing interest in learning and implementing new techniques in web communications
Editorial: news reporting, academic literary analysis, web copy, and technical
Web/technology: experience with custom content management systems (Ingeniux), Wordpress, and Drupal; XML, TEI, HTML, and CSS; Google Analytics; SEO; social media management software; Microsoft Office Suite; experience with various Adobe programs
Language: Proficiency in written and conversational Spanish
Music: Violin performance in symphonies, bands, small ensembles
M.A. English, University of Virginia (GPA: 4.0), May 2014
A.B. English and Spanish; Film Studies Minor; University of Georgia, May 2010 (Summa Cum Laude)
American Historical Association (AHA), Washington, D.C.
Associate Editor, Web Content and Social Media, Nov. 2014 to Feb. 2018
Produced, edited, and published high-quality web resources on AHA initiatives, as well as resources for history faculty and students
Edited the blog, AHA Today; grew our following through more engaging, diverse, member-focused content
Managed AHA social media accounts: wrote, edited, and published posts while also responding to incoming messages; maintained an active social media presence for the association, almost doubling our Twitter followers during my employment
Tracked and reported on the success of social media and marketing campaigns, working closely with the AHA marketing manager
Stayed up to date on search engine ranking trends and educated editorial staff on online publishing best practices
Monitored AHA website performance using Google Analytics to identify areas for improvement and worked with out-of-house developers to execute web projects
Interfaced frequently with AHA members through daily moderation of the AHA Members’ Forum, editing web resources, on social media, and at the AHA annual meeting
Papers of George Washington, Charlottesville
Temporary Hourly Employee, Aug. 2014 to present
Assist on the George Washington Bibliography Project by locating, examining, and researching books. I then enter publication details, remarkable physical features, and an annotation on the content of the book into a record in our database in FileMaker.
Will soon begin assisting with the organization's social media endeavors.
Rare Book School, Charlottesville
RBS-Mellon Fellowship Assistant, May 2014 to present
Manage activity on RBS's social networking site, RBS Connect, built on WordPress. Discuss and plan improvements and desired features with my supervisor and the lead programmer. Also provide support to users and troubleshoot technical problems.
Interface with Mellon Fellows during the summer, getting feedback on their RBS courses, the status of their projects, and other fellowship-related activity. Conduct prompt, friendly, and professional correspondence during the year via email.
Assist in recruitment for the fellowship program by researching potential publicity contacts, producing mailing lists, and proofreading informational pamphlets.
Collections Assistant, Aug. 2013 to May 2014
Assisted with cataloging and shelving newly acquired books; learned about curating the collections in the process, as well as the proper way to handle and store rare books.
Constructed a teaching guide for a new set of materials related to the publication of The Cricket in Times Square, which will be helpful to instructors interested in using the collection to teach about scholarly editing.
Documents Compass, Charlottesville, VA
Intern and Graduate Employee, May 2013 to November 2013
Conducted research on enslaved people working at the University of Virginia in antebellum times for the digital project People of the Founding Era, which is a relational database of the biographical information of persons mentioned in the Papers of the Founding Fathers.
Brainstormed with my supervisor, Sue Perdue, on new ways of linking records in the database.
Learned about digital documentary editing procedures and metadata.
Presented research with Sue Perdue and Encyclopedia Virginia editor Brendan Wolfe (see "Conferences" below).
University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville, VA
Editorial Intern, Summer 2013
Checked page proofs for formatting and line breaks.
Edited manuscript indexes.
Attended launch meetings for new publications.
Publicity Intern, Sept. 2013 to Nov. 2012
Wrote press releases and compiled review-copy mailing lists for new publications.
Research Assistant to Professor Alison Booth, Sept. 2012 to May 2013
Read nineteenth-century women’s biographies and analyze biographical details, themes and narrative structure.
Using XML mark-up, I record the locations of these elements, which in the CBW database can be searched for in multiple biographies to analyze frequency and identify potential patterns.
The Inspiration Networks, Indian Land, SC
Closed Caption Writer, Oct. 2010 to July 2012
Typed closed captioning for the hearing-impaired for network television programming using Swift software.
Completed project management duties for specific series: tasks included maintaining spreadsheets, reviewing caption files, and forwarding the master tapes and files.
Wrote a style manual outlining all aspects of closed caption writing as it was done in the department. The manual has been instrumental in improving uniformity within the department and training new hires.
Scholars' Lab, UVa
Praxis Fellowship, 2013-2014
Worked with five other graduate students to plan and construct a digital-humanities project: the Ivanhoe Game.
Served as project manager to our team: lead meetings, managed timelines and to-do lists; brainstormed with team to improve workflows; became the primary spokesperson for our cohort and our project.
Organized publicity for the project: wrote blog announcements; coordinated, edited, and published blog posts from team members; advertised the project and fellowship via Twitter; wrote and edited web content on our informational site.
Reflected on my project management experiences on the Praxis blog at praxis.scholarslab.org. For more information on this program and my role, see Digital Projects.
Rare Book School, Charlottesville
RBS-UVA Fellowship, 2013-2014
Completed David Seaman's course, "XML in Action" in Summer 2013.
Applied my new skills in XML markup to create a digital edition of James Fenimore Cooper's novel Mercedes of Castile, the Preface and Chapter XXIII. (See Digital Projects.)
Project received Honorable Mention for the Betsy and Stuart Houston Prize for Most Outstanding Project
Awards and Scholarships
Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia Student Book-Collecting Contest Winner: Second place, for "A Collection of Early Editions of James Fenimore Cooper's Mercedes of Castile.
Blog post: "grinding ] gnashing: Juxta collation of Delany's Blake yields insights into the novel's uncertain conclusion," on NINES and Juxta, 20 January 2014.
Blog post: "Work Flows and Wish Lists: Reflections on Juxta as an Editorial Tool," on NINES, 14 January 2014, and Juxta, 17 Jan. 2014.
Blog post: "Ellen Glasgow, James Branch Cabell, and a Manuscript Mystery Solved," on Notes from Under Grounds, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections, University of Virginia, 28 September 2013; featured on The Silver Stallion: The James Branch Cabell Website.