Emily Davis

Emily Davis

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PhD Candidate in American/Public History
Dissertation: Enshrining Memory
Email: edavis13@luc.edu
Website: The Catholic Public Historian
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Patricia Mooney-Melvin


M.A., Duquesne University, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA
Public History

B.A., Saint Vincent College, 2015
Latrobe, PA
Majors: History and Theology
Minors: Public History and Medieval Studies

Research Interests

My dissertation, “Enshrining Memory,” explores Catholic memory at five shrines dedicated to American saints. I argue that each shrine acts as the center of formal Church memory which both shapes the visitors’ experiences but is simultaneously acted upon through their engagement with the site. Furthermore, these sites demonstrate how Catholics understand their history, how they understand their national identity, and how they translate these concepts for non-Catholic audiences.This incorporates my interest in the display and interpretation of American religious history. In the past, my research explored Catholic-Presbyterian relations in the Ohio Valley region.

Teaching Experience

Discussion Section Instructor, Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
HIST 102: The Evolution of Western Ideas and Institutions since the Seventeenth Century, Spring 2020
HIST 101: The Evolution of Western Ideas and Institutions to the Seventeenth Century, Fall 2019
HIST 212: United States History, 1865 to the Present, Spring 2019
HIST 103: American Pluralism, Fall 2018

Teaching Assistant, Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
HIST 104: Global History Since 1500, Fall 2017-Spring 2018

Graduate Assistant, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
HIST 204: History of the United States since 1877
HIST 165: Islam, the West, and the Modern World

Public History Internships

Archived Records, Inventory, and Research Intern, Chicago Transit Authority
June 2020-Present
Duties include reviewing and documenting archived CTA records.

Art History Internship, Saint James the Greater Roman Catholic Parish
January 2019-August 2019
Duties include leading a team of volunteers to create a book on the parish's stained glass windows and building an oral history program to capture donors' stories. The book is currently still in production.

Collections and Curatorial Intern, Senator John Heinz History Center
January 2016-May 2017
Duties included preparing accession reports, donation research, object display preparation, exhibit care, object cataloguing, deaccessioning inventories.

Education Department Intern, The Frick Pittsburgh 
September 2016-December 2016
Duties included research for docent training, assisting with creating the 2016 Holiday Tour, and assisting group programming.

Rare Books and Special Collections Junior Fellow, Library of Congress
June 2015-August 2015
Duties included assisting patrons by pulling materials, shelving materials, completing research, providing further processing to the McManus-Young Collection’s 17,000 archival items, processing the Victor Homer Collection, and creating a display as part of the Junior Fellows program. These duties involved proper handling and rehousing of rare items that dated from the 12th century to present day.

Visitor Services Intern, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park 
May 2014-August 2014
Duties included staffing the Visitor Center, Information Center, John Brown Museum, and Bolivar Heights Battlefield, designing, and presenting the Harpers Ferry: A Place in History interpretive program, and assisting with special events

Professional Experience

Contract Librarian, Greenberg Traurig, LLP 
September 2019-Present
Duties include processing incoming books, maintaining company records, and other administrative tasks as assigned. 

Sesquicenntennial Scholar, Loyola University of Chicago
July 2018-September 2018
Duties included drafting policy papers on university history, producing content for online exhibits, creating annotated bibliographies, and other activities as assigned.

Preservation Assistant, Northwestern University Libraries
May 2018-August 2018
Duties included preparing incoming materials for shelving, examining books for potential digitization, and other administrative tasks.

Part-Time Editorial Assistant, American Economic Association
October 2015-June 2017
Responsible for proofreading journal article abstracts, editing materials for staff, and creating entries for the EconLit Database. 

Gallery Assistant, Foster & Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery
September 2014-May 2015
Duties included assisting visitors, conducting research, preparing artifacts for storage or display, cataloguing incoming collections, school group programming, and digitizing archival collections.

Mr. Rogers Trolley Tour Guide, Saint Vincent College Events and Conferencing
September 2014-December 2014
Duties included writing the interpretive plan, writing the interpretive presentation, presenting the program, and training other tour guides.


Library Assistant, Latimer Family Library
January 2013-May 2014
Duties included managing sections of the library, labeling and shelving books, managing the front desk, assisting students with research.


Seasonal Office Assistant Redmon, Peyton & Braswell, LLP
May to August from 2009-2012
Duties included office filing, data entry, electronic court filing, and other administrative tasks.


Public History Projects

Happy Medium Venture Oral History Interview
November 2018
Recorded and transcribed an interview with local Chicago musician for the Happy Medium Venture Project. 
Learn more here: http://happymediumventures.com/

Loyola University Archives Oral History Interview
October 2018
Recorded an interview with longtime Loyola Chicago faculty member for the University Archives. 

Rogers Park/West Ridge Open Houses of Worship Event
September 2018
Coordinated with other Loyola graduate students an event to promote interreligious dialogue and historical learning. Responsible for producing the event's booklet.
Find out more: https://rpwrhs.org/program/open-houses-of-worship-weekend/

RACE: Are We So Different? Visitor Evaluations
Summer 2018
Conducted visitor surveys for Dr. Patricia Mooney-Melvin and Dr. Elizabeth Fraterrigo at the Chicago History Museum

Reuben Fingold Collection Finding Aid, Duquesne University Archives
Fall 2016
Co-author of the Reuben Fingold Collection Finding Aid for Duquesne University Archives

"The Coverlet Casualty," Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery
Spring 2015
Curator of exhibit telling the story of how the American Civil War helped bring an end to the coverlet industry

Manoli documentary, Saint Vincent College
Spring 2014
Executive producer of short documentary on Saint Vincent College professor Dr. Chuck Manoli for use at the annual lecture series

Mr. Rogers Trolley Tour, Saint Vincent College
Spring 2014
Co-author of interpretive plan for the Saint Vincent College Trolley Tours

Conference Papers

"Making Mother Cabrini's Memory," panel presentation, International Conference Studying Public History Summer School, June 5, 2020. 

"George Washington Worked Here: Washington's War Tent and Popular Memory," panel presentation, Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Faith and History, October 6, 2018. 

"Making a Presbyterian Country: The Synod of Pittsburgh's Turn to Nativism," panel presentation, Loyola University Chicago Graduate School Interdisciplinary Research Symposium, April 21, 2018.

"'Why Is Catholicity So Generally Hated by Protestants?' Two Years of Defense and Dialogue in The Pittsburgh Catholic," panel presentation, American Catholic Historical Association, January 5, 2018.

"'Why Is Catholicity So Generally Hated by Protestants?' Two Years of Defense and Dialogue in The Pittsburgh Catholic," paper presentation, Duquesne University History Mini-Con, April 2017.

“The Magic of Archival Organization,” poster presentation, Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, April 2016.

"The Roots of Anti-Popery in Colonial Massachusetts and Virginia," paper presentation, Saint Vincent College Annual Academic Conference, April 2015.

"The Roots of Anti-Popery in Colonial Massachusetts and Virginia," paper presentation, Phi Alpha Theta Western Pennsylvania Regional Conference, March 2015.

"The Mr. Rogers Trolley Tour," panel presentation, Saint Vincent College Annual Academic Conference, April 2014.

Awards and Fellowships

Teaching Assistantship at Loyola University Chicago, August 2017-Present

Graduate Assistantship at Duquesne University, August 2015-May 2017

Saint Vincent College History Department’s Public History Award, May 2015

Best Paper in American History at the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate History Conference for “The Roots of Anti-Popery in Colonial Massachusetts and Virginia,” March 2015

Honor Society Memberships:
Alpha Sigma Nu, Fall 2019

Theta Alpha Kappa, October 2014
Phi Alpha Theta, April 2014
Alpha Lambda Delta, April 2013


Online Teaching Course: Design 
Summer 2019
This course offered through Loyola University's Office of Online Learning instructed students on the pedagogy and methods required to teach online at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Online Teaching Course: Facilitate
Summer 2019
This course offered through Loyola University's Office of Online Learning taught participants how to build, deliver, and manage online courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.


Volunteer Activities

Loyola University of Chicago History Graduate Student Association President 
Fall 2018-Spring 2019
Organized professional workshops, arranged meetings, and promoted fellowship among graduate students. 

West Overton Village and Museums 
September 2013 to May 2014
Duties included conducting research for the museums’ records, cataloguing collection items, labeling collections, processing archival collections, and genealogy research.

Saint Peter Historic Chapel Docent 
May-August 2013, 2014, and 2015
Duties included staffing the historic chapel located in Harpers Ferry, WV, interpreting architecture and history for visitors, and helping train other docents.


Author: Emily Davis
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