I am a PhD candidate in American history in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University with minor fields in public history and digital humanities. My research interests are late nineteenth and early twentieth century disasters, Reconstruction, the political, social, and cultural lives of freedpeople in the South during Reconstruction, and memory and memorialization in public spaces. I am currently working on my dissertation, which is tentatively titled “‘With All Her Sad Disasters, What Do We See in this City?’: Reconstruction, Race, and the Politics of Disaster in Richmond, 1870-1918.” My dissertation examines three disasters that occurred in Richmond in 1870 and uses them as a lens to understand the history of the city in the Reconstruction era as well as the public memory of the disasters.

I work as the Digital Scholarship Consultant at George Mason University Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center. The views expressed here do not reflect those of my employer.

Contact me at afahring (at) gmu (dot) edu. I rarely tweet at @alyssafahringer.