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Curriculum Vitae


Jessica H. Legnini


EDUCATION

PhD History, University of Warwick, UK.

MA History, George Mason University, USA.

BA Art History (Hons.); Minor in Film and Media Studies, George Mason University, USA.


DISSERTATION

Identity, Class and Emulation: American Blackface Minstrelsy and its British Audiences, 1843-1847, supervised

by Prof. Trevor Burnard (University of Melbourne).


HONOURS/AWARDS

2011 Sally Ledger Memorial Bursary, British Victorian Studies Association.

2010 Presidential Citation for Outstanding Educator, Virginia Governor's School for Visual and Performing Arts, Radford

University, VA.

2009/10 American Study and Student Exchange Committee Award, Warwick University.

2009 Summer Fellowship, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, University of Maryland.

2008 Presidential Citation for Outstanding Educator, Virginia Governor’s School for Humanities, University of Richmond, VA.

2008 Presidential Citation for Outstanding Educator, Virginia Governor’s School for Visual & Performing Arts, University of

Richmond, VA.

2008 Presidential Citation for Outstanding Educator, Virginia Governor’s School for Science, Mathematics, and Technology,

Lynchburg College, VA.

2003 Award for Excellence in Art History, George Mason University.

2001/02 Clifford R. Logan III Award in Art History for ‘Free, Fresh Savage,’ Fränzi Fehrmann and the Artists of

Die Brücke, GMU.

MA thesis supervised by Prof. Lawrence Levine, University of California, Berkeley and George Mason University.


TEACHING

NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Annandale, VA.

Lecturer, January 2007 to present.

  • Courses taught: US History, Western Civilisation.

LOUDOUN COUNTY SCHOOLS, Ashburn, VA.

Social Studies Teacher, Freedom High School, August 2006 to present.

  • Courses taught: AP US History, AP World History.

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY, Fairfax, VA.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of History and Art History, 2004-2005.

  • Courses taught: US History.


ARTICLES

POPULAR ENTERTAINMENT STUDIES, 'A "Genuine Display of Ethiopian Life": The Virginia Minstrels at the Manchester

Athenaeum', September 2011, 2 no. 2, 35-54.

THE REGISTER OF THE KENTUCKY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 'Radicals, Reunion, and Repatriation: Harlan County and the

Constraints of History', Autumn 2009, 107 no.4, 471-512.


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION, Washington DC, and College Park, Md.

Research Assistant, Museum Programmes, 2002.


CONFERENCES

NORTH AMERICAN VICTORIAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION, November, 2011. Presentation: 'American Blackface Minstrelsy and its

British Audiences, 1843-1847'.

WARWICK UNIVERSITY, HISTORY POST-GRADUATE CONFERENCE, May, 2010. Presentation: 'American Blackface Minstrelsy

and its English Audiences, 1843-1848'.

SOUTHERN AMERICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION, February, 2009. Presentation: 'Radicals, Reunions, and Repatriation: Harlan

County and the Constraints of History'.


MEMBERSHIPS

American Historical Association.

North American Victorian Studies Association.