Emily Yankowitz

I am currently an M.Phil. American History candidate and a Paul Mellon Fellow at the University of Cambridge. I received my B.A. in History from Yale University in 2017 and will be headed back in the fall of 2018 to begin a Ph.D. in History. My research focuses primarily on questions pertaining to politics, culture, and memory in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. My current research explores the reintegration of loyalist families in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania after the American Revolution and the process of post-war reconciliation. In my doctoral studies, I intend to further study how political and cultural practices were used to define the boundaries of inclusion and exclusion with regard to “American” nationhood and identity. I am particularly intrigued by the creation of national narratives and the role of early American historians, antiquarians, and collectors in shaping our current understanding of the time period.