Stephanie is a graduate student in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia, where she studies the reception of ancient Greece and Rome in 19th Century American politics and political culture under the tutelage of Dr. Gary Gallagher, Dr. Elizabeth Varon, Dr. Alan Taylor, and Dr. Elizabeth Meyer. Her master’s thesis “Substance or Window-Dressing?: Classical Conceptions of Patriotic Citizenship in the Eulogies of George Washington and Andrew Jackson”(2016) argues that classical references in presidential eulogies were not mere rhetorical flourishes but were meant to instruct Americans in the duties and values of the ideal republican citizen. Her dissertation will expand upon this research. At Corcoran, she has served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the US history survey course, the Latin American survey course, and the Rise and Fall of the Slave South. She participates in the Early American Seminar, the Civil War Seminar, and the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History. She has worked at several non-profits for public history and the digital humanities, including the Civil War Trust in Washington D.C., Documents Compass at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and the Institute for Advanced Technology for the Humanities at the University of Virginia.
Originally from California, she grew up in the mountains and vineyards of the California Central Coast before moving to the green hills and trees (so many trees – and wow, water) of Virginia. She enjoys fiction, film, classic music (whether Bach or classic rock), and on rare occasions, amateur photography. The photos on this website, except for the one above, are her work, as are some of the photos on the Nau Center website.
You can follow Stephanie on Twitter or Instagram at the handles @SKayLawton.