Professional Summary                

Historian, digital media, and marketing specialist with 15+ years’ experience in non-profits and academia. Specializes in project management and innovative digital media and pedagogy. Extensive technological skills that are used professionally, as well in the classroom as a history professor.

Management expertise in budget creation, grant and publication writing. Team management experience – whether a staff of 5 to a semester’s worth of students. Success in collaboration with other scholars or peers; an example is the PressForward Project. Analytical, SEO, and research aptitude.


Project management | Research and development of public and academic projects | Data analysis | ROI metrics | Web content creation | Grant and budget proposal design | Excellent community/classroom management | Language translation | Talented public speaker | Strong written and verbal communication skills | WordPress| CSS | HTML | Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud

Professional Experience – General    

NMAAHC, Smithsonian Institution |Chickasaw Nation Industries, Inc.; Project Manager; March 2019 – present

  • Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Digital History
  • Working at the intersections of media, technology, and community
  • Supports museum operations and innovation

George Mason University, the Center of History and New Media; Research Fellow; August 2012- January 2014; Summer 2015 – January 2016   

  • Editor-in-Chief for the development of an Art History PressForward Publication (website forthcoming)
  • Served as mentor for Getty Institute funded program for Art Historians which explored how to use digital media in research under the direction of Sharon Leon and Sheila Brennan | http://arthistory2015.doingdh.org
  • Worked as part of the PressForward Initiative: creating new modes and new platforms for scholarship beyond traditional forms (http://pressforward.org) under the direction of Sean Takats
  • Compiled/conducted research as needed, which included data analytics (social and web data), emerging opportunities, and scholarly insights
  • Conceptualized, implemented, and completed total redesign of Toynbee Prize Foundation website (toynbeeprize.org)
  • Served as editor the “Toynbee Prize Foundation” (a website collecting information on the state of the field for global history and served as co-editor for “Global Perspectives in Digital History” (a website devoted to analyzing the implementation of digital media in history from a global viewpoint | gpdh.org

Beasley & Associates; Owner; Alexandria, Virginia; October 2005-August 2009                                                                                                                       

  • A public relations/marketing consulting firm where scope of work included, but was not limited to:
    • Coordinated PR and marketing campaigns, which included: writing and distributing press releases, creating media lists, contact with media outlets, following up on review of copy requests and review statuses, crafting and managing social media
    • Marketing analysis and research, which included development, budgeting, marketing, communications, and branding efforts
    • Crafted innovative data and analytics representations that allowed insights to be easily understood and extracted from large amounts of data and analytical output
    • Contracts included: Director of Marketing and Communications for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. (2007-2009); Director of Government Travel for Topaz International (2005-2007)
    • Volunteer positions: Civilian Art Projects and The Textile Museum

Professional Experience – Academic

George Mason University; Adjunct Professor, Department of History & Art History; Fairfax, Virginia; Summer 2009 – Fall 2009, Summer 2014 – present         

  • World History and New Media “Fairy Tale, Folklore, Mythology & World History,” Digital History, Western Civilization, World History, Intro to Visual Art, American Studies, Introduction to Graduate Studies for International Scholars, University Life (Taught a tailored seminar course for first-year international students)

University of Mary Washington; Adjunct Professor, Department of History & American Studies; Fredericksburg, Virginia; Fall 2016 – present           

  • Western Civilization, History of Fairy Tales, Saints and Demons, History of the Supernatural, Culinary History

Northern Virginia Community College; Adjunct Professor, Division of Languages, Arts, and Social Sciences; Manassas/Loudon/Reston, Virginia; Fall 2016 – present 

  • Western Civilization, World History, History of the Middle East

Job responsibilities:

  • Independent teaching responsibility for all aspects of curriculum planning, classroom instruction, and grading
  • Work with students to conduct research and to critically evaluate the quality of sources to include both written and visual
  • Encourage students to develop academic goals and the work to tailor assignment to these goals
  • Use a course website on the WordPress platform to organize content and communicate with students outside of class to encourage clarity and conversation
  • Participate in individual meetings with students to maintain contact outside of the classroom
  • Evaluate student work with an emphasis on skills that are transferable to other classes and contexts; such as traditional and digital research, citation and annotation using the Zotero platform, public speaking, and group assignments
  • Integrate students’ own experiences into class discussion to encourage students to think of their role in achieving academic success
  • Work with the students to develop strategies for responding effectively to a wide-range of academic abilities while reaching course objectives, and historical and digital fluencies.
  • Modeled course around the theme of “Power and Privilege” to incorporate personal investigation of their role as a university student at an American university
  • Worked with students developing proposals for Community Service Projects to implement during the academic year 2015-16

Language proficiencies

  • Italian Reading Comprehension, Writing, & Speaking | French & Russian Reading Comprehension | Beginner Polish, Arabic, & Turkish | HTML | CSS

Software proficiencies (sampling)

  • HTML | CSS | XML | JavaScript | WordPress |Zotero | Omeka | Adobe Premiere Elements | GitHub | Macromedia Tools | Smartsheet | Google Analytics |Collectrium |Lexis-Nexis | Westlaw | ProQuest | Jstor | Project Muse | PressForward | Access | CRM |Blackboard | Raiser’s Edge | Basecamp |Salesforce |Microsoft Office Suite


Ph.D., History, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia; 2018

  • Major Field: Comparative World History
  • Minor Field: “Visual Culture, The Museum, And National Identity”; Passed, December 2010
  • Minor Field: “Using Digital Media: The 21st Century Historian”; Passed, May 2011
  • Dissertation: “Defining Culture, Creating Identity, Building Nations: An Examination of the Sarmatian Myth”
    • Committee: Drs. T. Mills Kelly (Chair), Peter Stearns, Rob DeCaroli
      • Worked in terms of broad topics and themes, such as nationalism, and hone them into a highly specialized knowledge of multilateral relationships, identity creation, and foreign policy.
      • Planned and carried out historical studies including, but not limited to: analysis of visual culture as an essential component of national identity creation.
      • Incorporated a digital archive of primary sources (written and visual) and translate texts using a combination of digital resources: Omeka and Scalar.

M.A., Art History, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia; May 2008                                                   

  • Phi Beta Delta

Graduate Certificate, Museum Exhibition, Planning, And Design, Georgetown University, Washington, DC; August 2006

  • Created exhibition prototype and marketing proposal on the History of Jazz for the Smithsonian Museum of American History

Selected awards, honors, and publications

Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence, Thank a Teacher Award, Fall 2016 | Excellence in Teaching Award, George Mason University’s Women’s Volleyball Team, Fall 2015 | The Provost’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship, George Mason University, Spring/Summer 2014 | The Provost’s Dissertation Travel Grant, George Mason University, 2013-2014 | McKinnon-Morton Fellowship, 2013-2014 |Nominated as a “Person On Campus Who Has Helped Them The Most In Their College Success” on the 2012 Beacon Map-Works Survey | University Fellowship, George Mason University’s History Department, 2012-2013 | Departmental Fellowship, George Mason University’s History Department, 2010-2011, 2009-2010| Phi Beta Delta, Honors Society For International Students| “Pompeii And The Roman Villa,” Citation, National Gallery Of Art Exhibition Catalog| “The Byzantine Legacy And Ottoman Tradition In Imperial Textiles,” Honorable Mention, The Order Of St. Constantine| Presented paper on “The Cultural Appropriation of Leonardo da Vinci’s Virgin of the Rocks” at the Louvre, Paris


American Historical Association | Association for Slavic, East European, And Eurasian Studies | College Art Association |Middle East Institute | Phi Beta Delta | American Society of Association Executives | Smithsonian’s Resident Associates | ARC | Animal Welfare League of Alexandria| Founder, Amnesty International, George Mason University Chapter o