Past Interns and Fellows
Emily is a second-year graduate student in Public Humanities at Brown University. Her focus is on place-based education for youth. This interest is the synthesis of her two jobs prior to graduate school: teaching high-school in Louisiana through Teach for America, and interpreting history as a park ranger for the National Park Service. Her work for American Enterprise is to research business board games and collaboratively design an interactive component for the exhibit. She hopes her work is not hindered by the fact that she has never finished a game of Monopoly in her life.
Bethan is a third year PhD student working in the field of public history at the University of Exeter (UK). Her thesis uses oral history to explore the post-industrial transition to heritage in mining communities in Wales and Cornwall. Bethan is currently a visiting fellow at the John Nicholas Brown Centre for Public Humanities (Brown University). Here she is taking part in classes and working on projects as part of the graduate programme, as well as working on her own research. For the American Enterprise project, Bethan is part of a team of Brown graduate students researching the history of business games and their social and cultural significance in American life.
Jordan is a Ph.D. candidate at American University whose studies focus on the intersections of slavery and freedom in the United States. As a web development intern and graduate fellow in the digital humanities for the American Enterprise exhibition, Jordan worked with the Smithsonian and collaborators to build the show’s current pre-exhibition website. In the spring of 2010, he partnered with fellow interns, American University faculty, and the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation to develop original pieces of museum theater based upon the lives of women inventors. More recently, Jordan has worked alongside the museum’s curators, New Media professionals, and developers to develop the Agricultural Innovation and Heritage Archive.
Anjuli is a curator at the Baranov Museum in Kodiak, Alaska. She is a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina’s public history program where she specialized in historic preservation and also received a Certificate in Museum Management. Before graduate school, Anjuli worked as an English teacher in South Korea and Seattle and as a professional fundraiser in the Pacific Northwest. She is a historian of commercial salmon fishing with an abiding interest in environmental history, cultural landscapes and the built environment. She interned at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Washington State and works with the National Register of Historic Places program at the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. For American Enterprise, Anjuli will beta test the learning modules, using them to create an online exhibition about the business history in Kodiak.
Samantha is a second year graduate student at American University focusing on Public and European History. As an undergraduate, Samantha earned her B.A. with a major in History and two minors in Spanish and International Studies. Today, her areas of concentration are Holocaust and genocide studies. In addition to her position at the National Museum of American History, Samantha interns at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In 2010, Samantha joined Arlington House’s wayside project, working to interpret the shared landscape between the memorial and cemetery. For the American Enterprise exhibition, Samantha is collecting statistical information and advertisements from the mid-twentieth century.
Celia is a PhD candidate in history at the University of South Carolina, where she received her M.A. in Public History in 2009 with a focus on Heritage Education. She graduated from Ohio State University in 2005 with B.A.s in History and Social Studies. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “Framing Civil Rights”, explores how African American civil rights activists used visual media in the twentieth century. She has worked in education both as a grader and teaching assistant at USC as well as a museum education intern at the Nantucket Historical Association, Historic Columbia Foundation and South Carolina State Parks. For this project, she will be helping create learning modules that other institutions will use when developing their own online exhibitions.
Marianne is a senior at James Madison University majoring in Health Science with a concentration in Public Health; she is also pursuing a minor in Environmental Studies. Interested in the history of the poultry industry, the individuals who comprise it, and how it has affected human health, Marianne researched the life and accomplishments of Charles Wampler Sr., an early integrator of the poultry industry whose innovations propelled the industry to where it stands today, as an intern for the American Enterprise exhibition. Her project also explores the stories of immigrant processing plant workers, studying how these workers’ lives both shaped and were shaped by the American poultry industry.
Brian Johnson is a junior at Gettysburg College. As a history major there, he not only loves his studies, but has also enjoyed fantastic opportunities to explore the many facets of historical work. Highlights have included serving as a National Park Service guide at a prominent Civil War battlefield and assisting with research on the Lee family of Virginia’s participation in the American Revolution. Helping with image and artifact research for American Enterprise is another exciting and unique opportunity, offering an unequaled view into the museum field.
Katharine is obtaining her masters in public history, museum concentration, at the University of South Carolina alongside a certificate in Historical Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management. Outside of her studies, she is a graduate assistant at the South Carolina Political Collections, arranging and describing materials for donors and researchers. Her experience with museums includes internships at Seven Circles Heritage Center, McLean County Museum of History as well as at the Chicago Children’s Museum. As a summer intern for American Enterprise, Katharine is researching a section of the modern, post-WWII American textile industry. Of particular interest to the exhibit team is the textile industry’s response to global competition as seen through new materials and products, environmentalism, new production equipment and techniques, labor policies, governmental regulation, and protectionist legislation. In addition to her research, Katharine serves as the collections manager for the exhibition.
Laura is a M.A. candidate in Museum Studies at George Washington University. With the goal of becoming a curator, she is focusing on a combination of collections management, exhibition design, American history, and anthropology. She graduated in 2009 from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a B.A. in Anthropology. For American Enterprise, Laura is researching consumerism through the analysis of pockets, purses, and wallets. In particular, she is exploring what kinds of objects were placed in these containers and what they tell us about the American consumer.
Joan is a freelance consultant specializing in Business Development Analysis that results in innovative computer solutions for organizations. Joan has a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University. Since 1983 she has conducted research at the Museum on a volunteer basis and this included research for the following exhibitions: The Price of Freedom: Americans at War; Behind the Lines: The Universal Product Code at 25; Information Age, People, Information and Technology; and Science in American Life. She began conducting research for the American Enterprise in 2007 and is currently focusing on agricultural questions.
Katrina received her B.A. in English and Italian from Rutgers University and is currently a second year M.A. student in American University’s History program. Her areas of concentration are constructions of race and gender and their roles in the weakening of official power structures of the British Caribbean. In her project for American Enterprise, Katrina explores how the frameworks of gender, class, and race shaped indenture in 18th century American society, placing the historic system in dialogue with contemporary forms of the practice. Of particular interest are how a system constructed to serve economic purposes was translated into social practice and what moral obligations and ambiguities arose from the commoditization of human labor.
A junior attending Smith College in Northampton, MA, Francesca is pursuing a B.A. in Art History with a Museum Concentration. Her areas of focus include American painting, fine and decorative arts, and photography. During the Fall 2010 semester, Francesca examined the various roles standardization, labor, franchising, advertising, and globalization played in the history of fast food. Working for American Enterprise, Francesca learned more about the interplay among these components, as well as the unique challenges they posed for the industry. Most individuals can identify with this topic, which has greatly impacted American culture.
Jennifer is a second year graduate student in George Washington University’s Museum Studies Program, concentrating on museum administration. She holds two degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in History and Finance. Jennifer’s interests include building and renovation projects at museums, capitalization policies in relation to museum collections, and fundraising for historic and cultural organizations. She previously interned in the grants department at The Salvation Army and served as an AmeriCorps volunteer. For American Enterprise, Jennifer is assisting with development efforts including donor research, communication, and stewardship.
Emily is a first-year graduate student in the Master’s in Public Humanities program at Brown University. Emily graduated from Lewis and Clark College in 2007 with a B.A. in international affairs and religious studies and since worked in youth programming, educational technology consulting, historical interpretation, and federal budget policy. At Brown, she enjoys a similarly wide range of projects and coursework, from cultural policy advocacy to arts education programming to historic house museum interpretation. Although her interests are varied, in the broadest sense, Emily is driven by a desire to get people excited about history, and to simultaneously encourage greater complexity in popular narratives of history and culture. Working on the Business Board Games project for American Enterprise is an exciting opportunity to tackle these issues through a novel lens, by looking critically and creatively at the history and social values represented in the games Americans play.
Michelle joined American Enterprise as a senior at James Madison University. Upon graduation in May, she will receive a B.A. in History with a Public History concentration and a minor in Education and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Michelle will continue for an extra year at JMU to receive a Master of Arts in Teaching. In her project for American Enterprise, Ojeda researched the historic waste management practices of the poultry industry, particularly their influences on opportunity, innovation, regulation, and sustainability within the industry.
Thomas a fourth year student at the University of California at Riverside, Thomas Russo was a visiting intern at the National Museum of American History during the Fall 2010 semester. For the American Enterprise exhibition, he explored the role of Asian-Pacific Americans within the larger narrative of America’s economic history. Thomas also assisted Smithsonian staff in efforts to catalog and document relevant artifacts.
Sarah is a PhD student in history at the University of South Carolina specializing in public history and museum studies. Her dissertation, tentatively titled Allied in Memory: D-Day Museums and the International Legacy of the Normandy Invasion, explores how D-Day has been preserved, valorized, and consumed through the establishment of museums dedicated to the invasion. With an interest in the public history of science, Sarah is currently collaborating with McKissick Museum and the Nano Center at the University of South Carolina to create an exhibit on nanotechnology called Imaging the Invisible. For American Enterprise, Sarah is researching local business history.
Erika is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology as well as a certificate in Museum Management. Interested in presenting archaeology to the public in an accurate and engaging manner she developed a traveling museum exhibit based on the Johannes Kolb Site, an ongoing archaeological excavation in Darlington, South Carolina. In order to further explore her interests, she and two colleagues began the South Carolina Archaeology Public Outreach Division, Inc., a non-profit organization with a mission to encourage knowledge of South Carolina’s archaeology to a public audience. As part of the American Enterprise project, she is working with the University of South Carolina to help develop and implement a methodology for connecting local history to the national level.
Sarah is a graduate student in the Public History program at the University of South Carolina. She comes to USC from Baylor University, where she completed a degree in Museum Studies and History. Her honors thesis examined the significance of the Eglinton Tournament for 19th-century British medievalism, especially as evidenced by material culture. While at Baylor, Sarah worked at the Mayborn Museum and interned at the Oklahoma History Center. During her time at USC, Sarah has worked with two documentary editing projects and has interned with the Bowes Museum in England. She is also active in the Collections Volunteer Group, the Fencing Club, and the Academic Team. Sarah’s current research interest is the relationship of sacred art to living tradition. With American Enterprise, she will help develop a curriculum for connecting local stories to national history.
Will joined the American Enterprise team as a web development intern in the Fall of 2010. As a graduate student in American University’s public history program, he interpreted the past to cultural tourists at Maryland’s C&O Canal, helped construct a furnishing plan for Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial’s slave quarters, and built a website documenting the evolution of Milwaukee’s brewing industry in the Cold War era. Will’s project objectives include helping design, layout, and build the American Enterprise pre-exhibition website, figuring out new and creative ways to present history online, and communicating recent trends in the digital humanities field to team members.
Anna is a first-year graduate student in the Public Humanities program at Brown University. She graduated from Carleton College in 2011 with a B.A. in History, writing her thesis on commemorative rituals in 1930s Japan. She was a student worker at the Carleton College library and archives, and spent last summer as an intern at the Anacostia Community Museum archives and World Digital Library. At Brown, Anna is exploring ways to encourage public engagement and meaningful dialog on complex narratives of the past. She hopes to continue pursuing her wide interests in history, memory, and heritage through digital humanities and exhibition development. For American Enterprise, Anna will be planning an interactive display with her fellow Brown students, researching the history of board games and how they reflect changing attitudes towards business.
Claire is a graduate student at the University of South Carolina studying Public History with a concentration in Museum Studies. She received a B.A. in History with a minor in Secondary Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She currently works with the Teaching American History program at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Last summer she completed an internship at the Nantucket Historical Association in the education department where she worked in children’s programming as well as completing a front end evaluation for the reinterpreation of a historic home. She also worked for three years as a tour guide and archivist’s assistant at the Liberace Museum. Her research interests focus on intersections between religion, culture, and intellectual activity. With American Enterprise, she is working on the community partnership learning modules.
Jonathan Yang joined the American Enterprise team for Fall 2011 – Spring 2012. A second year Masters student in American University’s public history program, he has worked with The Smithsonian Gardens in creating a self-guided audio tour for the American History Museum’s Heirloom Garden and with the Motion Picture Preservation Lab at the National Archives and Records Administration. Jonathan’s project objects are to help maintain the exhibit’s database and improve the website interaction with the audience.
Tim is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada specializing in Canadian and American history. As part of the American Enterprise team, Tim is investigating the history of Kentucky Fried Chicken, why it has risen to a position of economic and social prominence in China, and how the company has managed to become the single largest restaurant chain in the country over the past twenty-four years. After his time at the Smithsonian, he will be travelling for a year abroad to Hong Kong, China, where he hopes to focus on Chinese language studies and history.