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Department of History


Gabrielle McCoy

Title: Graduate Student
MA, Public History
Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences
Gabriielle McCoy

Pronouns: she/her

Advisor: Thomas Brown

Education:  BA History (University of Maryland, May 2021)

Bio: Gabrielle is a first-year Public History MA and History PhD student. Her fields include U.S. History since 1789, Public History, and Gender & Sexuality. Gabrielle's research examines how masculinity and masculine performance influenced 19th century American history, with particular focus on the U.S. South. Gabrielle also plans to study how masculine norms and expectations were presented in Confederate monuments. 

As an undergraduate, Gabrielle interned with the National Archives' Office of Education & Public Programs as well as the Rosenker Center for Political Communication & Civic Leadership at the University of Maryland. Gabrielle has also served in a variety of teaching and teaching assistant positions at both the high-school and college levels.

In the Fall of 2021, Gabrielle presented her paper “Rebuilding White Masculinity: Violence in South Carolina” at the New England Historical Association's conference and was awarded the annual Undergraduate Student Paper Prize. Gabrielle has also published a piece detailing Mary Ann Shadd Cary's emigration and suffrage activism through the "Recovering Democracy Archives." At the moment, she is working on a book review for the New York History Journal. 

Beyond the classroom and research, Gabrielle enjoys cooking, kayaking, and going on road trips with her family. 

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