Megan is a first-year PhD student from Lindon, Utah. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Brigham Young University, where she graduated with University Honors, and a Master of Studies in U.S. History with Distinction from Oxford University. At Oxford, she received the Richard Carwardine Prize for overall excellence in the MSt U.S. History program.
Megan studies U.S. women in 19th-century foreign relations. Her master's dissertation, Establishing a Diplomatic Household: Louisa Catherine Adams and American Diplomacy in the Russian Court, 1809-1815, explores how women created American spaces abroad, thus allowing diplomatic discourse and events to thrive. Megan is particularly interested in exploring intersections of gender, material culture, and politics in fostering early U.S. foreign relations, and specifically looking at ways women have been looked over in the larger narrative of early U.S. international relations.
In addition to diplomatic, political, and women's history, Megan's other interests include intellectual, religious, and public history. She currently contributes to the Princeton and Slavery Project and volunteers as an interview producer for The Mormon Women Project, a public history archive which documents the varied lives, backgrounds, and lived experiences of 21st-century Mormon women.