MA Public History (Museums track), PhD History
College of Arts and Sciences
Advisor: Lauren Sklaroff
Education: BA in History and Anthropology and National Institute for American History and Democracy Certificate in Public History, College of William & Mary
Bio: Rebecca is passionate about the accessibility of public history and used her undergraduate experience with Native American archaeology to create a website about Kiskiak, a Powhatan site in Yorktown, VA (https://kiskiak.sites.wm.edu/). Her publications also include a blog about the history of turntables for the National Museum of American History’s O Say Can You See site (https://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/edm-history-museum-steve-aoki-gear-travels-world-and-finds-home-museum). Rebecca’s interests have been shaped by her internship and work experiences, including research about pharmacies with Historic Columbia, public programming at George Mason’s Gunston Hall, designing historic interiors at Colonial Williamsburg, and work with musical instruments at the National Museum of American History.
Rebecca’s research interests span multiple areas, but she has focused closely on the history of sexuality during her time at U of SC. She is currently writing an MA thesis about contraceptive devices during the 1910s and 1920s. This research revolves around Margaret Sanger, a foremost American birth control activist, and her recommendations for women. Rebecca is studying how the devices Sanger recommended affected women’s bodily autonomy and aims to bring a unique lens to this topic using her background in material culture.