Megan R Brett

Megan R Brett

Megan R Brett

U.S. History: Early America, family strategies, family history

Megan R. Brett is a doctoral candidate in the department of History and Art History at George Mason University. Her scholarship examines family strategies and the formation of national identity of Americans abroad in the post revolutionary period. Ms. Brett is the Digital History Associate in the Public Projects Division of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason, where she has worked on such projects as the award-winning Histories of the National Mall website, the Papers of the War Department community transcription project, and the ongoing development of the Omeka family of cultural heritage content management systems.

Selected Publications

With Miriam Posner. “Creating an Omeka Exhibit.” The Programming Historian. February 24, 2016. Last modified May 25, 2017.

“Topic Modeling: A Basic Introduction.” Journal of Digital Humanities 2:1 (Winter 2012)

Grants and Fellowships

Elsie Van Dyck Dewitt Scholarship Fund, Vassar College, 2019-2020.


M.Sc. with Distinction in Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom), 2007. Thesis: “John Rollo: an early 18th century Edinburgh goldsmith and his world.”

B.S. in History, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2004

Recent Presentations

““Satisfied with their native land”: Young American Expatriates in the Early Republic.” Annual Meeting of the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic. Cambridge, MA, July 19, 2019.

Panelist, “The Impact of New Media on Our Research and Its Communication in the Twenty-First Century.” Virginia Consortium of Early Americanists Annual Meeting, Richmond, VA, January 26, 2019.

“Discovery and Image Description: Accessibility, Archives, and Pedagogy.” Digital Archives in the Commonwealth Summit, Fairfax, VA, November 30, 2018.

Panelist, “The Power of Online Exhibits in High Impact Research: Omeka and Preserve the Baltimore Uprising 2015.” American University Library Conference for High Impact Research, Washington, DC, May 14, 2018.

“Dividing Families: Rhetoric and Relationships in the Settlement of a Virginia Estate.” CUNY Early American Republic Seminar Graduate Student Conference, New York, New York, May 12 2017.

Panelist, “Mentoring Women: The Conversation Continues.” Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association, Little Rock, Arkansas, November 14, 2015.

“Two Weddings and a Burial: Kinship, Identity, and Americans Abroad in the Early National Period.” Triennial Conference of the Southern Association for Women Historians, June 12, 2105.

Panelist, “Blogs, Writing Groups, Digital Classrooms, and More:  Managing Your Academic Career in the Online Era.” Triennial Conference of the Southern Association for Women Historians, June 12, 2105.

“Lesser-Known Protests on the National Mall,” Historical Society of Washington, D.C., Annual Conference, November 2013.