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Department of History


Gabrielle McCoy

Title: Graduate Student
MA, Public History
Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences
Gabriielle McCoy

Pronouns: she/her

Advisor: Thomas Brown

Education:  BA History (University of Maryland, May 2021) and MA Public History (University of South Carolina, May 2023)

Gabrielle is a third-year History PhD student also pursuing a Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. Her dissertation analyzes how nineteenth-century men and women used horses and horsemanship to reinforce, perform, and contest gender expectations. She is also interested in how women formed social networks at equestrian competitions during the mid to late-nineteenth century. 

In addition to her dissertation, Gabrielle is also interested in public history. Her current public history project seeks to uncover the identities and stories of those people who were enslaved at historic Ross House in Frederick City, Maryland from 1815 to 1864. This project focuses on Ross House's slave quarters, the only still-standing slave quarters in Frederick City. Her other public history experience includes a collections management internship at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, an exhibit design internship at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and an education programming internship at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington DC.

Gabrielle has been awarded a variety of scholarships for her research including the R. Means Davis Fellowship in Southern Studies (2023), the National Society of the Colonial Dames Scholarship (2023), and the South Carolina Humanities Scholarship (2022). 

When she is not conducting research, Gabrielle works as a Teaching Assistant in the History and Women's and Gender Studies departments. She has given four guest lectures over the past two years in this capacity.

Beyond the classroom and research, Gabrielle also serves as Treasurer for the Graduate History Association and as Committee Chair for the upcoming Women's and Gender Studies graduate student conference.

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