My name is Stephanie Anne Seal Walters and I am a PhD Candidate at George Mason University. 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. I recently finished up a Coffelt Fellowship at the John D. Rockefeller Library in Colonial Williamsburg and am serving as the 2016 United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada Scholar. Additionally, I am a 2017 George Mason Summer Provost Fellow and a 2018 Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Fellow.
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 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 on 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.
While my dissertation focuses on the history of loyalism in Virginia during the Revolutionary War, I am also interested in colonial history, digital history, War & Society, community studies, the Atlantic World, and Early Modern European studies. Please feel free to follow my professional blog to see my dissertation progress and professional posts.