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Honors and Awards

  • 2008 Frances E. Malamy Research Fellow
  • 2007 Phillips Library Research Fellow
  • 2003 Berklee College of Music Professional Development Grant
  • 1998 MFA Grant from Staff Training Fund for Ph.D. Research
  • 1994 and 1996 Teaching Fellow, Boston University
  • 1993-4 Graduate Assistantship, Boston University
  • 1992-4 Barr Fellowship, Horace Smith Fund
  • 1992 Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, Mount Holyoke College
  • 1989-92 Sarah Williston Scholar, Mount Holyoke College


Justice of the Peace  Appointed December 2006

Marry couples throughout Massachusetts.

Argentine Tango Dance Performer and Instructor  January 2001-present

  • Performed as a member of the Boston-based group, TangoLuz
  • Independent performances included Sonando con el Tango at the Copley Theater in association with the Handel and Hayden Society, Waterfire in Providence, RI, Tango by Moonlight in Cambridge, MA, and at Boston's Symphony Hall.

Academic Lectures

"The Gold Rush Voyage of Barque La Grange: Transformation Through Experience" presented in the panel, Moving Overland and Sea to the Pacific in the Nineteenth Century.  Pacific Coast Branch, American Historical Association, 13 August 2010

"Digging Up Barque La Grange: An 1849 Gold Rush Voyage."  California Council for History Education, Cosa Mesa, California, 25 September 2009

“A Tale of Two Cities During the California Gold Rush” presented in the New Researchers Panel.  Crises and the City Conference, The Urban History Group, University of Warwick, 2 April 2009"The La Grange Boys: A Gold-Seeking Adventure” presented in the panel, Trans and Non-Terrestrial Bodies.  Bodies In Motion Conference, University of Rhode Island, 28 March 2009

 “Salem in History: A Collaborative Primary Source Website for K-12 History Teachers” presented with Irene Axelrod, Head Research Librarian, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, at Emerson College conference, SAVE, CHANGE or DISCARD — Tradition and Innovation in the World of Books, Boston, Massachusetts, 20 October 2006     "K-12 sequencing of topics and methodology using primary sources from PEM and other local institutions" workshop presented at the Northeast Regional Conference on the Social Studies, Boston, Massachusetts, 15 March 2006    “Scholarship and Popularity:  Challenges in Museum Missions in Education” presented in the panel, Preparing Art Historians for Museum Work at the College Art Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 18 February 2002    “The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston:  Museum Building, Museum Changing” presented in the panel, Public, Non-Profit, and For-Profit Futures of the Arts, at the Erasmus University Rotterdam Conference, The Long Run:  Long-Term Developments in the Arts and Cultural Industries, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 23 February 2000    “The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston:  Museum Into the New Millennium” presented at the Polish Association for American Studies Conference, Apocalypse Now:  Prophesy and Fulfillment, Lodz, Poland, 7 December 1999    “With the Pen of the Absent:  Protestant Missionary Wives’ Community of Correspondence, 1830-1860” presented in the panel, 19th Century Women:  Single, Married, Widowed at the Families and Neighbors in 19th Century Northern New England Conference, Washburn Humanities Center, Livermore, Maine, 13 June 1997    “Big Men and Blood: A Study of Gender in the Urban Environment, 1880-1920” in the panel, American Art and Architecture:  The Evolution of Taste and Values, at the American Culture Conference, Las Vegas, March 25, 1996



Have organized multi-institutional and multi-departmental projects and programs.  Have developed relationships with local non-profits and other organizations to organize, sponsor, and promote initiatives.

Researcher Highly experienced researcher in history and art history.  Have researched materials in archives and at institutions for projects at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Bostonian Society, the National Heritage Museum, and the Peabody Essex Museum Fundraiser Worked on annual fundraising materials, researched corporate sponsorship and grant opportunities, worked at patron and VIP events, and organized special events for funders. In development operations, processed major gifts, wrote acknowledgements, and created tax-related materials.  As a grant-writing consultant, wrote grants, created grant reporting documents and summaries.  Took professional development courses in fundraising


“SALEM in History: Digitizing the Past” International Journal of the Book, Vol. 4, No. 4 (85-88), June 2007

“Economy of the Spice Trade,” and “Salem’s Friendship” Calliope magazine, February 2006

"Inspiring Freedom: The Remond Family and Abolitionism in Salem" 8th grade lesson plan.  Salem in History, 2005

    Contributing author, American Folk exhibition catalog. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2001

“The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston:  Museum Building, Museum Changing” published in conference proceedings from The Long Run (see Academic Conferences), 2000

Public Lectures

“Free! Salem Women and Abolition.” Phillips Auditorium, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, 15 February 2007. Lecture filmed for WGBH streaming online forum:

“Sailing for Gold: The Voyage of the La Grange.” Phillips Auditorium, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, 12 October 2006

 “The Remonds of Salem: An Abolitionist Family.” Phillips Auditorium, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, 7 February 2006


Your talk yesterday was not only informative and educational, it was enjoyable! You have discovered the secret that eludes so many educators.  --comment on Malamy Fellowship presentation

The material is great- you did a terrific job addressing some sticky issues with leading questions... [you have] my admiration for what you've done to make this project truly tremendous, and the material better accessible to schools and communities. You've done a really marvelous job. --Museum Curator commenting on Educators' Guide to PEM American Collections