Megan R. Brett is a doctoral student at George Mason University, focusing on the Early American Republic (1780-1830, roughly).
I have a BA in History from Vassar College and an MSc in Scottish Studies from the University of Edinburgh. I worked for three years for a historic house museum in Virginia before being accepted to my doctoral program. In addition to my studies, I am a graduate research assistant at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and serve as Associate Web Editor for the Southern Association for Women Historians.
The header image is my own photograph of a European magpie, taken in Edinburgh during the time I lived there. An earlier iteration of this blog was titled “A Magpie Historian,” in part because my twitter username is magpie.1
- The nickname “magpie” began when I was a child and teenager, because I was often distracted by the silver jewellery booths at craft fairs. Since my given name starts with M, it wasn’t a long leap. When I joined twitter, I needed a username and it seemed to make sense. [↩]