• Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience programming in HTML, PHP, and Java
  • Knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PhotoShop, and DreamWeaver
  • Conversational and reading ability in German; reading ability in Latin


Master of Arts in History
Illinois State University, Normal, IL, December 2008, G.P.A. 4.0/4.0

Certificate in Special Collections
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, July 2007

Master of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, May 2007, G.P.A. 3.92/4.0

Bachelor of Arts in History
Carleton College, Northfield, MN, June 2005, cum laude


Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Special Collections and Rare Books, Volunteer, 2008-Present

  • Transferred taped interviews to CD
  • Processed and created finding aids for collections

Illinois State University, Normal, IL
 Teaching Assistant, "American Diversity," 2007-2008

  • Led four discussions per week for three semesters; 176 students per semester
  • Assisted students with exam preparation; graded exams

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Illinois History and Lincoln Collections, Graduate Assistant, Archivist and Reference Librarian, 2005-2007

  • Processed Riehl-Thompson, The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), The American Association of University Women, and the Jesse Fell collections
  • Helped patrons with their research questions and gathered materials for their use
  • Served as unit's webmaster; updated and added webpages

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Practicum at Giertz Education Center, Krannert Art Museum, 2007

  • Catalogued DVDs, CDs, posters, and books using in-house system
  • Aided in creation of policies and procedures for reciprocal loan services
  • Assisted and found materials for patrons

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Annual University Book Sale, Volunteer, 2005, 2006

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Center for Children's Books, Volunteer, 2005

Northfield Historical Society, Northfield, MN

  • Designed and set up exhibit on life in Northfield during World War II

David Davis Mansion, Bloomington, IL
Volunteer, 2000, 2005

  • Greeted visitors and trained as tour guide


Carleton College, Northfield, MN
Alumni Admissions Representative, Volunteer, 2005-Present

  • Interviewed prospective students
  • Wrote critiques of students for Carleton Admissions


Educating Illinois: Illinois State University 1857-2007 by John B. Freed

  • Compiled twenty-eight page index for official history of Illinois State University, Normal, IL

"The Museum of Cottage Industry"

"Quick Tips"

Networking Project

"Lincoln in Art" Subject Guide           

"Vietnam Teaching Project"

Latin American and African Human Rights and Environmental Resources

Democracy and Human Rights Program in Lima, Peru

  • Arranged materials from study abroad program in Peru for program director
  • Made using Illinois State University's templates and DreamWeaver


Illinois State University History Department Foundation (2008)
Normal, Illinois

The Politics and Government department at Illinois State University, Normal, IL offers grants to students enrolled in the Democracy and Human Rights Program in Lima, Peru. Since I was in the History department, I was not eligible for this grant. After discussing the matter with the History Department Chair, Roger Biles, I wrote a proposal and received $500 to help with my travel expenses. The proposal is available at:

Ian Kraabel Memorial Prize (2005)
Carleton College, Northfield, MN

This is one of three annual prizes offered by Carleton College's History Department. "Established in 1987 by the classmates and friends of Ian Kraabel ’85, who died in an avalanche on Mount Baker in the summer of 1986, this award honors Ian’s unusual intensity, originality, and athletic ability. The prize is awarded each year by the Department of History to the student who best reflects Ian’s personal qualities and his desire to pursue understanding and knowledge." See for more information.

Strawbridge Research Fellowship (2004)
Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Carleton College offers competitive research fellowships to students every Winter. The Strawbridge Research Fellowship, which I won in 2004, was designed for students interested in textiles. With the $3,000 fellowship, I traveled to England to study early industrial cotton mills and research the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century textile industry. My travels took me to Cambridge University's Rare Book and Manuscript library and various museums and mills in the Midlands and Northern England. I used this research in my sixty-page senior thesis, "Weaving a Relationship: Artisans and Mill-Owners in the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century English Textile Industry." My proposal, itinerary, and photographs from the trip are available at:

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