When Alicia was nine years old, she visited Valley Forge National Historical Park with her family. After initially crying in protest, she found herself riveted by the stories of the men who camped there during a brutal winter of cold and disease, and she’s been studying history ever since. She attended the University of Pennsylvania and earned a BA in History and English, manga cum laude. Her history honors thesis won the Thomas M. Cochran Prize for the Best Senior Thesis in American History. She is now a PhD Candidate in the History Department at Harvard, writing a dissertation about botanical gardens in the United States from 1800-1860 and trying to keep her few house plants alive.
At Harvard, Alicia has served as a teaching fellow for courses on a variety of topics, including the history of psychiatry, the history of the book, and the American Civil War, winning two Certificates of Teaching Distinction. She also serves as an undergraduate advisor for the History Department, convincing students that history is the best major. Alicia enjoys helping her students understand the nuances of the past while also honing their ability to make a convincing and concise argument in their papers. She’s skilled at making history accessible and fun, having worked as a tour guide at multiple historic sites, including Brandywine Battlefield Historic Park and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.
When not doing history, she can be found practicing figure skating at a local ice rink, baking sweet treats in her kitchen, or cross-stitching quotes from literature.