The Historians who Created DIG

Women historians digging up intimate stories of the past to uncover history that matters. Get to know our Producers – historians, social media marketing side hustlers, teachers, writers, Civil War geeks, runners, deadlifters, and all-around weirdos. Questions, comments, ideas for future episodes? You can email us at!

Averill Earls, PhD

Executive Producer

Averill is an 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 Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA, where she teaches LITERALLY EVERYTHING except American History. If you ask nicely, you might be allowed to audit her Sex in Modern History, Digital History: Storytelling, or Victorian Britain courses. In addition to making kick-ass podcast episodes with the women of Dig, she is the Assistant Layout Editor at Nursing Clio. She’s published a range of pieces on teaching, literature, and the history of gender and sexuality with collaborative history blogs like Notches and Nursing Clio. 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 hotel beds. Averill tweets from @aearls.


Sarah Handley-Cousins, PhD


Headshot of Sarah Handley-Cousins, dark blonde haired white woman wearing tortise shell glasses, pink lipstick, a skeleton hands necklace, and a purple sleeveless dress.

Sarah is an historian of disability and gender in the American Civil War. She is currently working on her forthcoming book, to be published with the University of Georgia Press, based on her dissertation, which is about disabled Union veterans during and after the Civil War. 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. You can find her writing on Nursing Clio, where she is also an Editor, and various digital news outlets, including The Washington Post and The New York Times. She enjoys unresolved romantic tension (in books and movies), visiting the Gettysburg National Military Park, and heated blankets. Sarah tweets from @sarahbelle721.


Marissa C. Rhodes


Headshot of Marissa Rhodes. Dark-haired white woman wearing large black glasses, red lipstick, and a dark blue sleeveless dress.

Marissa is an independent information professional and PhD candidate in History at UB. Her dissertation 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 running, 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


Headshot of Elizabeth Garner Masarik, dark haired white woman with a nose ring, dark brown eyes and full glossy lips, wearing a black shirt.

Elizabeth is an historian of the welfare state and women in Progressive Era America. She is currently completing her PhD in History at the University at Buffalo, working on her dissertation and teaching American History. Elizabeth holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA from UB. She is a 2017-18 Fellow in the University at Buffalo Institute for the Research on Women and Gender. She was recently featured by the Texas Tribune as an authority on Mexican-American relations in the borderlands of Texas. Somehow she also has time to be a savvy blogger, an incredible makeup artist, and a totally badass powerlifter. Elizabeth tweets from @EGMasarik.




[wpedon id=”4210″ align=”left”]