Graduate Student (ABD)
Email: csn6n (at) virginia.edu
My research interests have run along two tracks: I'm interested in the intersection of religion and politics, and studied these topics in a variety of historical contexts at Swarthmore College, where I received a B.A. in Classics. My dissertation picks up these themes to look at the way that all sorts of Americans used the language of forgiveness in religious and political contexts between the 1850s and 1870s, especially as they talked and wrote about slavery, emancipation, and sectional conflict.
I've also long been interested in how spaces reflect people's aspirations and struggles and how they in turn shape those who live in them. I briefly studied in UVA's Architecture School on these themes and am now working at the University of Richmond's Digital Scholarship Lab to build an atlas of American history, which combines my interests in history and geography. My work has appeared in the Journal of the Civil War Era and in Southern Spaces.