As a student of American history, I have long been fascinated with the American museum. When I discovered the museums and material culture track of American Studies at GW, I knew it offered the flexibility I needed. I love augmenting my theoretical American Studies knowledge with practical skills, like managing museum collections. Primarily, my area of interest has been in early American society, from the colonial era through the Civil War. Last year, I worked as an interpreter at a Civil War battlefield and historic home--Carnton in Franklin, Tennessee--and was struck by how many Americans have learned misrepresented history. I want to study how we have weaponized our history, particularly slavery, the Civil War, and the Confederacy--and how Americans' understanding of the past both informs our identity and shapes our present.
Check out our interview with Mallory below!
Where did you go for undergrad and what did you study?
I studied history at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee
Why did you choose GW?
For the milieu--to be in the company of the best American museums and to study in the heart of the US!
Is there one book/piece of media that inspired you to pursue the field of American Studies?
If so, which one and why? There are many things, but if I could point to only one, I would say Tocqueville's Democracy in America--as a historian it's a preeminent guide to American life, but in my view it was the first interdisciplinary American Study long before it was a department.
Where is your favorite place in the world?
In a theater--anywhere--seated, playbill in hand and a show about to begin!
If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
Probably ABBA's greatest hits--they have the most singable and danceable music. It always puts me in a good mood!