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Sara Collini

Sara Collini

Postdoctoral Fellow in University History

Department of History
Office: Sirrine Hall 220B
Phone: 864-656-8629

PhD, George Mason University (2020)


Creative Inquiry in History: The Woodland Cemetery and African American Burial Ground Historic Preservation Project

Research Interests
U.S. History; U.S. South; African American history; Slavery; Gender, Women and Sexuality; Digital Methods; Public History

Sara Collini is a historian of early America studying slavery, women's history, the history of medicine, and digital history. Her current research focuses on reconstructing the history of enslaved midwives who lived and worked during the eras of the American Revolution and Early Republic in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Collini previously worked at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) at George Mason University and collaborated on digital public history projects at the National Women's History Museum and George Washington's Mount Vernon. At Clemson, she is Postdoctoral Fellow in University History with the Woodland Cemetery and African American Burial Ground Historic Preservation Project.


Selected Professional Works

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

"The Labors of Enslaved Midwives in Revolutionary Virginia." In Women in the American Revolution: Gender, Politics, and the Domestic World, edited by Barbara Oberg, 19-38. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Accepted or Submitted)

“Building a Relational Database to Explore Enslaved Midwives’ Work in Early America,” in American Revolutions in the Digital Age, eds. Mark Boonshoft, Nora Slonimsky, and Ben Wright. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, forthcoming 2023.

Conference Presentations (Delivered)

“A Visual History of Cemetery Hill: Researching and Sharing Complex Histories through Digital Storytelling,” with student Lucas DeBenedetti, South Carolina Universities Studying Slavery Conference, Frances Marion University, Florence, South Carolina, February 3, 2023.

“‘The children of her daughters’: The Life and Work of Betsey Bailey, An Enslaved Midwife in Early America,” Southern Association for Women Historians (SAWH) Triennial Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, June 12, 2022.

“Recovering the Multi-layered Histories of Cemetery Hill at Clemson,” with student Alexis Thomas, Historic Cemeteries Research Symposium, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, October 25, 2022.

“Building a Relational Database to Explore Enslaved Midwives’ Work on Early Southern Plantations,” Material and Digital Approaches to Labor, Health, and the Political Ecology of Slavery, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Annual Conference, June 18, 2021.

"Revolutionary Labors: Creating a Relational Database to Explore Enslaved Midwives' Work in Early America," The Age of Revolutions in the Digital Age Symposium and Workshop, Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, September 11-12, 2020 (held virtually due to COVID-19).

"'Paid the midwife (Rachael)': Enslaved Midwives and the Business of Childbirth on Early Southern Plantations, " Front Range Early American Consortium, Denver, Colorado, October 12, 2019.

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