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The Team

Judith Giesberg

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Judith Giesberg is Robert M. Birmingham Chair in the Humanities and Professor of History at Villanova University. Giesberg is the author of five books, including Civil War Sisterhood: The United States Sanitary Commission and Women's Politics in Transition (Boston, MA: Northeastern University Press, 2000),“Army at Home:” Women and the Civil War on the Northern Home Front (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2009), Emilie Davis's Civil War: The Diaries of a Free Black Woman in Philadelphia, 1863-1865 (State College, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014), and Sex and the Civil War: Soldiers, Pornography, and the Making of Modern Morality (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). She is the recipient of the NEH Public Scholars Fellowship and receives funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives. Judy directs a digital project, Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery, that is collecting, digitizing, and transcribing information wanted ads taken out by formerly slaved people looking for family members lost to the domestic slave trade.

Angelina Lincoln

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Angelina Lincoln was part of the team that originally launched the Rooted Project in 2020, and she served as the Rooted Project’s researcher for two years during which time she focused on learning more about the lives of William and Julia Moulden, Villanova’s Black founders, and their children. She completed both her undergraduate and masters degrees at Villanova University in 2018 and 2020, respectively, and is currently pursuing a PhD in history at the University of Maryland, College Park. She’s excited to see the Rooted Project continue to grow.

Kristin Bridges

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Kristin Bridges is the current Senior Research Technician on the Rooted Project. She received her undergraduate degree in History and Anthropology with a concentration in archaeology from the College of New Jersey in 2020. Then attended Villanova University, where she received her MA in History with a concentration in US History. While at Villanova, Kristin worked as a graduate assistant for the Last Seen Project. Currently, she works as an adjunct professor at Villanova with the history department.

Carly Beehler

Carly Beehler is a historian specifying in the American Civil War era. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and her MA in History from Villanova University. While at Villanova, she worked as a graduate assistant for the Last Seen Project, as well as interning for the Rooted Project, the Union League Legacy Foundation, and the Museum of the Yellowstone. Since earning her master’s degree, Carly has worked for the State of North Carolina’s Department of Natural and Cultural Resources as a research historian and the editor of the North Carolina Civil War Roster Project.

Colin McCrossan

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Colin McCrossan is a law student at Temple University's Beasley School of Law. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in History from McGill University and Villanova University, and is interested in public policy, public interest law, and litigation.