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Occupation Graduate Teaching Assistant/Tutor
Location Mobile, AL, United States
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Introduction I'm a historian-in-training working on southern women's history. Right now, I'm in the middle of writing my master's thesis on the early period of woman suffrage in Alabama.

I've moved 16 times in my life. I've got friends from one side of the Atlantic to the other. History is one of the few things I don't think I could ever give up. Books are probably my favorite physical possession and coffee is my ambrosia. I never intended to end up in Mobile but I came back because this is where my credits are.

Among the lessons I've learned: I feel less alone by myself than in a crowd of people, friends are fleeting-the ones that stick around are worth keeping, relationships shouldn't be used as a buffer for loneliness or as a reason for happiness, family-for better or worse- will always be family, and a pretty spring day can cure just about any ill if you let it.
Interests Activism, Feminism, Books, Human Rights, History, Government, Hiking, Travel, Shark Week, Libraries, Scotland, Body modification, Tattoos, Genealogy, Tea, Road Trips, Photography, Alabama Constitution of 1901, Whisky, Archives, graduate school, GRE, PhD
Favorite Movies 50 Ways to Lose Your Lover, 200 Cigarettes, All the Real Girls, Anna and the King, Beetle Juice, Before Sunset, Bend It Like Beckham, Benny and Joon, Boondock Saints, Bride and Prejudice, Carnosaur trilogy, Chocolat, Closer, Crash, Cry Baby, Dangerous Beauty, Death to Smoochy, The Departed, Donny Darko, Dreamland, Ever After, Gremlins, Grindhouse, Half Nelson, Heathers, The Heroic Trio, High Spirits, I Capture the Castle, Iron Jawed Angels, Jaws, The Joy Luck Club, Lady Jane, The Land Before Time, The Land Girls, The Last Unicorn, The Legend of Billy Jean, Like Water for Chocolate, Love Actually, Mansfield Park, Miss Potter, Mozart and the Whale, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Music & Lyrics, The Mummy Returns, Nell, Niagra Niagra, The Opposite of Sex, The Painted Veil, The Prestige, Raise the Red Lantern, Reality Bites, Red Dawn, Rock 'n Roll High School Forever, Secretary, The Shape of Things, SherryBaby, Snakes on a Plane, Some Kind of Wonderful, Sommersby, Steel Magnolias, Swept from the Sea, The Theory of Flight, Tian Yu (Sent Down Girl), Tremors, The Truth about Cats and Dogs, Transformers, United States of Leland, Vanity Fair, Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael, Whalerider, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, When Harry Met Sally, Y Tu Mamá También, You Are Alone, any Bette Davis movie, silly monster movies, almost any John Cusack movie, old movies in general: 1920-50's, films w/ obvious Cold War propaganda ('cause they're funny), indie romantic dramas & comedies
Favorite Music 13 stories, Tori Amos, The Bangles, Bella Fleck and the Flecktones, Blondie, Michelle Branch, The Cars, Catatonia, Patsy Cline, Dance Hall Crashers, Dido, Ani DiFranco, the Donnas, The Eagles, Flogging Molly, Lita Ford, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Garbage, Amanda Ghost, Nina Gordon, Hank III, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Janis Joplin, Milla Jovovich, K's Choice, Lucy Kaplansky, Sasha Lazard, Legendary Shack Shakers, Letters to Cleo, Manowar, Edwin McCain, Reba McIntire, Sarah McLachlan, Katie Melua, Anna Nalick, NIN, O.A.R., Olive, Liz Phair, Pine Hill Haints, Poe, Pop, Republica, The Runaways, Save Ferris, Bree Sharp, Sister Hazel, Social Distortion, Solas, Sorrow of Her Evil, Spiral Rhythms, Street Dogs, KT Tunstall, Veruca Salt, Dar Williams, The Wreckers, the Sun Records crew, 80's music
Favorite Books The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova; Collected Poems of Dorothy Parker; Liz Lochhead; Bunnicula by James Howe; Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith; most anything by Tanith Lee but specifically: Birthgrave, Vivia, The Silver Metal Lover, A Heroine of the World; Marion Zimmer Bradley: Firebrand, The Forest House, the Darkover series; historical non-fiction; poetry of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz; poetry of Anna Akhmatova; The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood; The Works of Jane Austen: including, Mansfield Park, Emma, and Sense & Sensibility; The Honest Courtesan by Margaret F Rosenthal; The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield; Bitchfest by Lisa Jervis & Andi Zeisler.