I didn’t start out in history. I completed BAs in English and Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. From there I went to the University of West Florida for an MA in Anthropology. At around that time, I decided to pivot and shift my focus away from historical archaeology to history. To that end, I began another MA at Florida State University, this time in American History. Afterward, I transitioned into the PhD program and wrote my dissertation on the connection between gender and bodies in the United States Marine Corps between World War I and the Korean War. I’m currently working on turning the dissertation into a book manuscript.
Shortly after finishing my PhD in May 2019, I began a job with SNA International, a contractor that hires historians, anthropologists, and various other positions for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). The DPAA’s mission is to fully account for as many missing and/or unidentified US servicemembers as possible. Presently, there are still more than 81,900 missing American servicemembers, mostly from World War II and the Korean War. The agency works to return these missing individuals to their families (https://www.dpaa.mil/).