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SARAH BATTERSON

Department of History
Misericordia University
Dallas, PA 18612
Mercy Hall 316
Phone: (570) 674-1491
email: sbatters@misericordia.edu

EDUCATION

University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Ph.D., Early American History
Comprehensive Exams passed March 24, 2009
Teaching Assistant: Fall 2006 – Spring 2011
2006-2013
Dissertation Title: “An Ill-judged Piece of Business”: The United States and the Failure of Slave Trade Suppression.
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Master of Arts Degree
Anthropology and Women’s Studies with a focus on women’s social history.
Thesis title: Hus’wife: Female Authority and Identity in Puritan New England
2003-2005
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Bachelor of Arts Degree Major: Sociology
Thesis Title: The United States Health Care System: An Analysis of American Ideology and the Treatment of Illness
1997-2001
HISTORICAL FOCUS: Early American history, Atlantic world, race, gender and cultural history.

CURRENT RESEARCH:

  • Analyzing the effect and enforcement of the suppression of the Atlantic slave trade, focusing on the United States. I examine the legal, political and social aspects of the slave trade and the efficacy of the law in curbing the importation of African slaves. Historians have observed that the slave trade accelerated after the ban on the slave trade, but there has been little recent analysis on the obstacles that prevented the effective prohibition of the illegal trade.

TEACHING COMPETENCY:

  • Completed a Cognate in College Teaching through the UNH Center for Teaching Excellence. Capable of teaching Early and Modern American history, Topics in American history (African-American history, gender studies, cultural history), Western Civilization, Anthropology, and Women’s Studies.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Misericordia University, Dallas, P.A. Department of History and Government. Teaching three U.S. survey courses and one upper level seminar course in the Fall semester.
  • A.P. Grader, Advanced Placement U.S. History Exam, Louisville, KY, May 31, 2013- June 7, 2013.
  • Adjunct Instructor, HI101: “Introduction to American History.” Designing and teaching an online course, which will include lectures, PowerPoints, discussion sessions, and analysis of primary resources. Great Bay Community College, Portsmouth, NH, Spring and Summer 2013.
  • Adjunct Instructor, AN101: “Introduction to Anthropology.” This course focuses on providing an overview of the field of anthropology, including case studies and other primary source reading. Great Bay Community College, Portsmouth, NH, Spring 2013.
  • Instructor, “Gettysburg in Context,” taught a self-designed one-credit course focusing on the battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War and its impact on society. University of New Hampshire- Manchester, March 2012; also UNH-Durham, June 2012.
  • Interim Instructor, “History 204: Modern American History.” Acted as an interim instructor for a 25-student History course. Duties included lecturing, meeting with students, grading papers, presentations, and final exam, and submitting final grades. Great Bay Community College, Newington, NH, April-May 2011.
  • Instructor, “Soldiers, Nurses and Spies: Women in the American Civil War.” Taught a one-credit course exploring the role of women in the American Civil War within the context of reform movements of the nineteenth century. I taught this course at UNHManchester in the Summer of 2010, at UNH-Durham in the Summer of 2011, and will teach it again at UNH-Manchester this summer.
  • Instructor, “History 405: Early American History,” taught a self-designed four-credit course covering pre-Columbus through Reconstruction, Fall 2009 and Fall 2010 at University of New Hampshire- Durham, and Spring 2010 at UNH-Manchester.
  • Instructor, “History 600 M1: Topics in American Women’s History,” designed an undergraduate course exploring the history of women in North American from European contact into the twentieth century. It investigates how women’s roles changed over time, and how economic, political, cultural, and racial diversity affected women’s experiences, Spring 2011.
  • Teaching Assistant, “History 406: Modern American History,” taught three discussion sessions per week, Fall 2006, Fall 2007.
  • Teaching Assistant, “History 405: Early American History,” taught three discussion sessions per week, Spring 2007, Fall 2008, Spring 2009.
  • Teaching Assistant, “History 435: Western Civilization,” taught three discussion session per week, Spring 2008.

PUBLISHING &CONFERENCES:

  • “‘A Horde of Foreign Freebooters:’ The Slave Trade and Spanish-American Diplomacy,” article in Diacronie: Studi di Storia Contemporanea, No. XXIII, May 2013.
  • Review of Cultivating Race: The Expansion of Slavery in Georgia, 1750-1860 (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2012) in Southern Historian, 2013.
  • Panelist, “Bordering the Slave Trade: The Abolition, Containment, and Suppression of the Traffic in Early National America," Paper title: “The Slave Trade and Federal Power in Early National America,” Nineteenth Annual Omohundro Institute Conference, June 13-15, 2013.
  • Panel Organizer, “1794: Crises in the Early National Period,” New England Historical Association Spring Conference, Westfield State, April 20, 2013.
  • “‘Disguised as a Legal Trader:’ Negotiating the International Politics of the Slave Trade," UMaine-UNB History Graduate Student Conference, October 14, 2012.
  • “‘A Horde of Foreign Freebooters:’ The U.S. and the Slave Trade.” New England Historical Association, Annual Conference, April 21, 2012. Nominated for Graduate Student Paper Award.
  • “Pirates, Smugglers, and the Slave Trade,” Graduate Research Conference, University of New Hampshire, April 17, 2012.
  • Co-presented: “Hooked on History: Getting the Next Generation Involved with Creative Youth Programs,” Association For Living History and Farm Museums New England Regional Meeting, October 18, 2008.

AWARDS:

  • UNH Graduate School Travel Grant, April 2012 and November 2012.
  • Summer Teaching Assistant Fellowship, Graduate School of UNH, 2008 and 2010.
  • UNH History Department Teaching Award, 2008.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

  • American Historical Association
  • New England Historical Association
  • Massachusetts Historical Society
  • Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR)

HONORS SOCIETIES:

  • Phi Alpha Theta, Psi-Pi chapter, History Honors Society, University of New Hampshire

LEADERSHIP:

  • Graduate Representative in History Department. Acted as liaison between Graduate Committee and Graduate Students. Attended Graduate meetings, planned forums, luncheons and discussion groups, and participated in search committee for moder history tenure-track faculty position, AY 2008-2009 and AY 2010-2011.

EMPLOYMENT:

Roleplaying Coordinator, Strawbery Banke Museum May 2008-Dec. 2010
Designed and implemented Junior Roleplaying summer program at the museum for middle school and high school students, which included the supervision of undergraduate interns. Instructed students in museum studies, local and national history, and cultural history, and encouraged them to adapt this knowledge into first-person museum interpretation. Supervised and assisted in planning forseveral seasonal events, including Candlelight Stroll.
Tutorial Coordinator/ Graduate Student Assistant,
Student Support Services, Brandeis University
April 2004-Aug. 2005
Supervised twenty peer tutors for campus-wide tutoring service, acted as liaison between tutors and professors, co-organized training sessions, performed outreach and publicity, and coordinated over forty hours of tutoring per week. Designed website for Student Support Services, performed confidential data entry, filing, and other office tasks.
Office Manager and Democracy Project Researcher,
Maine Citizen Leadership Fund/ Dirigo Alliance
Aug. 2002-Aug. 2003
Managed two Maine-based non-profits, maintained accounts payable and cash flow, supervised interns, acted as inter-Organization liaison for funders and donors, maintained databases and performed research on various political issues and campaigns

FIELDWORK:

Intern, Strawbery Banke May 2007-Dec. 2007
Installed three exhibits, created preservation schedule for museum’s buildings, performed teaching assistant duties for summer course taught at museum, assisted in the transfer of the collections to a new storage facility, performed research on collection items and history of Portsmouth.
Intern, Danvers Historical Society Aug. 2005-Aug. 2006
Properly stored and conserved prints, textiles and other material culture in the collection and assisted with installation of exhibits. Cataloged and photographed objects and updated PastPerfect database, performed tours and other duties as needed. Wrote for newsletter, assisted with organization of lectures and school programs.
Intern, Plimoth Plantation Sept. 2004-Sept. 2005
Cataloged and cared for artifacts, completed loaning and accession museum procedures, conducted research, assisted with designing of exhibits, programs and graphic needs of museum, and wrote a paper analyzing artifacts found at the Bradford House in Kingston. Worked closely with the curator of special collections both at the Museum and at the Historic Winslow House which stores numerous textiles and material culture from former owners of the house.
Intern, Maine State Museum August 2003
Participated in an archaeological dig at a Paleo-Eskimo site in Northern Newfoundland that unearthed flakes, bones and stone tools. The material evidence of the site suggests that this 2000-year-old beach site had been heavily used for the making of tools, animal processing and possibly a summer home site. During the dig, I collected data, mapped the worksite and cared for the collected artifacts.

LANGUAGES:

  • Proficient French, basic Spanish reading.