During my years at the University of Mary Washington, I completed a number of papers which I greatly enjoyed writing. Many of these works combine my love of literature with my interest in social history. I have included two papers on the intersection of Shakespeare’s plays with the world of early modern England. Another of my academic focuses was the reform movement of the 1840s. My first paper on Lucretia Mott piqued my interest and culminated in my Senior Thesis which examined the marriages of several couples within the women’s movement of the 1840’s.