Your Historians

Dig: A History Podcast is a narrative-driven, open access, and accessible digital history project bridging the worlds of popular and academic history with an explicitly feminist perspective.

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Averill Earls, PhD

Executive Producer

Averill is a historian of modern Ireland and sexuality, and writes about same-sex desiring men, policing, and Dublin’s queer urban spaces. She is an Assistant Professor of History at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where she teaches European, digital, and sexuality history. She’s currently a host for the New Books in Irish Studies podcast and the Layout Editor at Nursing Clio. She won the 2021 Judith R. Walkowitz Award for Gender History from the North American Conference on British Studies for her article, “Solicitor Brown and His Boy,” and has a contract with Temple University Press for her forthcoming book, Love in the Lav. When she’s not teaching, podcasting, or moonlighting as a member of the Cabot Creamery Co-operative social media team, she enjoys board games, baking, and puppy snuggles. Averill tweets from @aearls.

Sarah Handley-Cousins, PhD


Sarah is the author of the award-winning Bodies in Blue: Disability in the Civil War North. She is currently a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies for her second book project on “The Age of Crime,” and an Assistant Teaching Professor of History at the University at Buffalo. In addition to a PhD in History from the University at Buffalo, Sarah holds a BA from Wells College and an MSEd from Niagara University, and is an alum of the New York State Council for the Humanities Public Humanities Fellows. Sarah is the executive editor of the digital publication Nursing Clio and her writing appears on various digital news outlets, including The Washington Post and The New York Times. She is an unrepentant horse girl, and enjoys unresolved romantic tension (in books and movies, that is), visiting the Gettysburg National Military Park, and heated blankets. Sarah tweets from @sarahbelle721.

Marissa C. Rhodes, PhD


Marissa C. Rhodes, the one and only, standing on a bridge in a cemetery

Marissa is an Assistant Professor of History at St. Leo University in Florida, and Managing Director of the Journal of the Plague Year. She received her doctorate in History from the University at Buffalo in 2019. Her current book project tells the stories of lactating women for hire in the Atlantic world during the Revolutionary era. In addition to a BA in History from Niagara University, Marissa has an MLS from UB. She is a former fellow at APS, The Library Company/HSP & the Lapidus-Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. But most importantly, she’s super into red wine, British television, and murder (as much as someone can be into murder without actually doing them). Marissa tweets from @iLURVhistory.

Elizabeth Garner Masarik, PhD


Elizabeth is an Assistant Professor of History at SUNY Brockport. Her book, The Sentimental State: How Women-Led Reform Built the American Welfare State focuses on women’s reform movements in the Gilded Age/Progressive Era. She is the author of “Por la Raza, Para la Raza: Jovita Idar and Progressive-era Mexicana Maternalism in the Texas-Mexican Border,” published in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. The article won the A. Elizabeth Taylor Article Prize from the Southern Association of Women Historians. Elizabeth is the inaugural SUNY Dr. Virginia Radley Fellowship for women’s history. She earned an MA and PhD from the University at Buffalo and BA from the University of Texas at Austin. When she’s not teaching or podcasting she’s either getting tattooed or planning her next trip to Disney World. Elizabeth tweets from @EGMasarik.

Hanna Van Reed

Educational Resources Consultant

Hanna Van Reed is a high school History and Composition teacher living and working at a boarding school in Rhode Island. She received her B.A. with Highest Honors in History from Oberlin College in 2015 and is currently pursuing graduate work at Brown University in Providence, where her focus remains early 20th-century America. Her graduate thesis, “Freewheeling Women?: The Normalization of Ladies’ Cycling in the United States, 1890-1900,” chronicles the first decade of the “bicycle craze” in the U.S. and is available through the online archives of Oberlin College. Outside the classroom, Hanna is part of a multi-school working group devoted to making remote instruction more accessible for students within the independent education community, particularly those with learning differences.

Current Interns & Assistants

Former Interns & Assistants

Olivia Langa, 2022 Intern
Emily Bowlus-Peck, 2021 Graduate Assistant
Carly Bagley, 2021 Intern