I am a librarian and historian by professional training and daily practice. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and history from Hope College (2005) and my Master’s degrees in library science and history and from Simmons College (2011). Since 2007 I have been a member of the reader services staff at the Massachusetts Historical Society, where I currently serve as the reference librarian.
the feminist librarian is a personal project and does not represent the views of my employer.
In addition to my day job, I also pursue research and writing in a variety of venues. My current scholarly interests revolve around twentieth-century histories of sexuality and gender in the United States, particularly the ways in which they intersect with Christian faith and practice. I currently review regularly for Library Journal and PW. I also serve as Book Review Editor at MedHum Fiction | The Daily Dose. For a list of scholarly projects visit my research and writing page.
In the interest of bringing my feminist values to bear within my professional life, I have just been appointed to serve as New England Archivists’ first Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator (2015-2017 term) and also serve on the steering committee of NEA’s LGBTQ Issues Roundtable, which I co-founded in 2013.
In 2014-2015 I was part of a team that successfully designed and launched the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s Boston Summer Seminar program; in 2015-2016 I look forward to continuing to serve as the program’s MHS library liaison.
Since 2012, my wife Hanna and I have been involved with Massachusetts History Day as volunteer judges, and in 2014 I launched the Marilyn Ross Memorial Book Award for MHD projects in women’s and gender history.