As an undergraduate at GWU, Gabriella studied South Carolina's political history by reconsidering the role of the colony's last royal governor, Lord William Campbell, on the eve of the Revolutionary War. She then pursued a Masters in History at George Mason University, focusing on identity and memory of the American Revolution in the South during the Civil War. Prior to coming to USC, Gabriella worked at the U.S. House of Representatives Office of the Historian as well as the National Museum of the American Indian, where she worked on the current exhibit Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations. She also assisted in the research and editing of Lynne Cheney’s James Madison: A Life Reconsidered. Most recently, Gabriella has been working at the Charleston Museum and Newport Historical Society in Rhode Island. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in History, advised by Dr. Daniel Littlefield. Her work focuses on expressions of identity through book reading and book collecting in the Lowcountry. Her dissertation is tentatively titled “Reading Well: Personal Libraries, the Enlightenment, and the Cultivation of Identity in Revolutionary South Carolina.”
Brian Robinson, a native of Charlotte, holds a master’s degree in history from North Carolina Central University located in Durham, NC. Currently, his research project focuses on attitudes toward popular education in the South, 1830-1890. His general investigative interests include- Student protest, African American history, American Hebrews, History of Ideas, and Southern Education.