MA Public History / MLIS Dual Degree
College of Arts and Sciences
Advisor: Kent Germany
Education: B.A. in History and Anthropology, Augusta University, December 2018
Bio: Rachel Young enjoys researching and writing about material culture, both the stories of objects themselves and the stories that objects tell about the world in which they were used, as well as having an interest in cultural change and attitudes regarding sex, gender, and race. Rachel received the Edward J. Cashin Award, the most prestigious history award at Augusta University, as well as recognition as an Outstanding Student in Anthropology. As an undergrad, she spent significant amounts of time in an archaeology lab, researching objects and sorting collections. She also spent time volunteering at the special collections of her university library and curated an exhibit on the military history of Augusta for Archives Month 2018. She currently works as a TA at UofSC, as a weekend staff member for Historic Columbia, and as an intern for Preservation South Carolina where she is researching genealogies of enslaved people tied to Trinity Episcopal Church.
Rachel Young’s research interests have lent themselves to multiple conference presentations, including at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in 2018 where she presented her undergraduate honors thesis on the Victorian and Edwardian cultural attitudes surrounding British archaeology in Mesopotamia. She also presented her original research on implications of patent medicines at the former Augusta Arsenal at the 2018 Southeastern Conference on Historic Site Archaeology (SECHSA) and at the 2018 Southeastern Archaeological Conference.