Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Why I Teach:"I teach because I love the moment when the thrill of discovery crosses a student's face. I never wanted to pursue any other career."
Ph.D., American History, University of Delaware, graduation, May 2013.
M.A., American History, James Madison University, 2000.
B.A., History, Milligan College, 1994.
Grants and Awards:
- American Association of University Women, Dissertation Fellowship, Finalist. 2010.
- University of Delaware, Global Studies Grant, Newark, DE 2009.
- This grant paid for research in C & J Clark’s corporate archives.
- Hagley Museum and Library, Grant-In-Aid, Greenville, DE 2008
- This competitive grant supported my research in Hagley’s collections
- Historians Against Slavery, founding member of the University of Delaware Chapter.
- Grader, 2008 World History AP Exams, Colorado State University.
- Grader, 2010-2011 US History AP Exams, Louisville, Ky.
- Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation, 2001-2007
- 2010-11: Transferred collections data from an excel spread sheet into PastPerfect, collection management software for museums.
- 2009: Edited final version of the Delaware State Parks Administrative History.
- 2005-2007: I worked with the Delaware State Park Historian and a team of researchers to produce an administrative history of Delaware’s state park system from its inception in 1938 to 2005.
- 2003-2004: The state of Delaware acquired three buildings of the former Joseph Bancroft & Sons, Inc., a textile finishing firm in Wilmington, DE. I surveyed related collections at the Delaware State Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, the Historical Society of Delaware, the University of Delaware Special Collections, and the Friends Archive at Swarthmore College. My research was the basis for site interpretation and exhibits designs.
- 2003-2005 Delaware State Parks is currently restoring Fort Miles, a World War Two coastal fortification on Cape Henlopen. The restoration has required extensive research on sewer and water systems, furnishings, equipment and contracts in the collections of the National Archives in Philadelphia and College Park, MD.
- 2001 Using collections in the National Archives in Washington, DC, I built an Access database of medical records from Ft. Delaware, a civil war prison. Data from this project has been valuable in accurately interpreting the site and refuting myths about the mistreatment of prisoners.
- 1999-2000 As an Archival Assistant for the Library of Virginia, I worked on an Augusta County Courthouse Preservation Project organizing, preserving and cataloguing several thousand court documents dating from 1747 to 1872.
- Organization of American Historians
- American Historical Association
- Business History Conference
- Pennsylvania Historical Association
Papers, Publications, and Presentations:
- “Joseph Bancroft and Sons of Pennsylvania: Welfare Work, Success and Failure in the Strike of 1933.” Pennsylvania Historical Association, Susquehanna University, October, 2010.
- “The Bancroft-Clark Connection,” University of Delaware, History Department, October 2009.
- “Something More: Loyalty and Efficiency at Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co., 1905-1933,” Business History Conference, Milan, June 2009.
- “Samuel Bancroft: The Sporting Quaker,” Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE. March 2008.
- Newcomen Dissertation Colloquium, Business History Conference, Cleveland, OH 2007.
- Holyfield, Stephanie. Review of Wives of Steel: Voices of Women from the Sparrows Point Steel Making Communities by Karen Olson. Maryland Historical Magazine 102: (2007): 229-231.
- Holyfield, Stephanie. “Dyer Predictions: Mary Dyer and the Boston Quaker Executions.” Masters Thesis, James Madison University, 2000.
HI103 US History I
HI104 US History II
HI355/255 Coming to America
HI355 Germs in History
HI424 Nineteenth Century America