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 Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA, where she teaches everything except American History. In addition to making podcast episodes with the amazing women of Dig, she is the 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 puppy snuggles. 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 the author of Bodies in Blue: Disability in the Civil War North. She is a Clinical Assistant 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. 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, PhD


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Marissa is a Post-Doctoral Scholar at Arizona State University, 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


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 Assistant Professor of History at SUNY Brockport. She recieved her PhD in History from the University at Buffalo. Her current book project focuses on women’s reform movements in the Gilded Age/Progressive Era. She was a 2017-18 Fellow in the University at Buffalo Institute for the Research on Women and Gender, a 2018-2019 Humanities Institute fellow, and currently runs a monthly book club at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site in Buffalo. She earned a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA from UB. She is the author of, “Por la Raza, Para la Raza: Jovita Idar and Progressive-era Mexicana Maternalism in the Texas-Mexican Border,” in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. She was recently featured by the Texas Tribune as an authority on Mexican-American relations in the borderlands of Texas.  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

Olivia Langa Oliva is a senior Honors student at SUNY Brockport. In addition to her internship with Dig, she completed internships with the Journal of the Plague Year archive at ASU, and the NEH-funded Berkeley Folk Music Festival Project.  

Former Interns & Assistants

Emily Bowlus-Peck, 2021 Graduate Assistant
Carly Bagley, 2021 Intern