Steph the Historian

Stephanie Seal WaltersMy name is Dr. Stephanie Anne Seal Walters and I am the Digital Liaison in the Humanities at the University of Southern Mississippi. I have a Ph.D. in U.S. History from George Mason University were I specialized in Digital Humanities and the Atlantic World.  I am a previous fellow at the Roy Rosenzweig  Center for History and New Media and am the current Digital Humanities specialist at Data Services in Fenwick Library. I received my BA in History and MA in US History at the University of Southern Mississippi where I was a graduate fellow for the Southern Quarterly and the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society.  In the past, I’ve held research fellowships at the John D. Rockefeller Library in Colonial Williamsburg, the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and with the United Loyalists Association of Canada.

The title of my dissertation is “As I Glory in the Name of Tory”: Loyalism, Community, and Memory in Revolutionary Virginia, 1760-1794.  My dissertation focuses on both black and white loyalism divided into the cultural and geographical regions of colonial Virginia–the Tidewater, Chesapeake, Piedmont, and Backcountry. By examining how loyalists existed and differed across the colony/state it is my hope to offer a new look at how historians define loyalism and how these “Tories” used community and networks to support their ideology during and after the war.  This will be a traditional dissertation with an added digital component (using the software R) to connect loyalists across Virginia.

My current research focuses on Virginia’s loyalist’s relationship with the Atlantic World before, during, and after the Revolutionary War.

As a digital liaison, I help project manage multiple Digital Humanities projects including:

  • The Civil War & Reconstruction Governors of Mississippi Project
  • The Virginia Loyalist Claims Project
  • The Gravestone Project
  • The Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage’s 50th Anniversary
  • The Mississippi Cookbook Project