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Firearms Thesis: January Update

By • Jan 9th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello everyone! This is going to be a brief January update on my firearms thesis. As of this morning, I finished my initial edits, woohoo! I also managed to find a second reader–renowned economics professor, Carl Moody! Professor Moody is an expert on American gun policy. Thus, he will bring years of experience and knowledge…
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September Thesis Update (on Oct. 1)

By • Oct 1st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hi everyone! My main thesis work this past month has consisted of some paper writing and reshaping. My advisor, Joel Schwartz, has suggested that I focus on the multiplicity of opinions of Federal Firearms Licensees in Virginia. Thus, I am structuring the paper in three main parts: introduction/literature review, presentation of my survey research, and…
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A Vacation from Firearms Trafficking and Beginning the Writing Process

By • Jul 29th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hey guys, This is an an update on where I am regarding my research into firearms trafficking and the summer! First things first. I went on vacation last week with my family to Yellowstone National Park and The Grand Tetons National Park, and really enjoyed my time there. We spent a lot of time outside:…
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Virginia Firearms Trafficking Research Update

By • Jun 19th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hey guys, I have now attended two gun shows, one in Chantilly–the Nation’s Gun Show– and one in Harrisonburg. Both shows were great learning experiences in their own right. The Chantilly gun show was a bit intimidating, as I had not yet had direct contact with any firearms dealers and had never been to a…
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Focus on Illegal Firearms Trafficking in Virginia

By • May 18th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hi guys! This is going to be a brief post, as I just want to update you all about the direction that my research is taking as I narrow the scope of my inquiry into Virginia’s gun markets. I am going to focus on policy solutions for illegal firearms trafficking from Virginia. Several studies have…
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Abstract: Firearms in Virginia: Policy, Practice, and Ideology

By • Apr 10th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

“At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it.” – Barrack Obama Our country has…
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Abstract: Firearms in Virginia: Policy, Practice, and Ideology

By • Mar 30th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

“At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it.” – Barrack Obama Our country has […]

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Final Weekly Update: Colonial Williamsburg Art Museum

By • Aug 3rd, 2016 • Category: Colonial Williamsburg, Honors Thesis, Research

As I contemplate this, my final week at the DeWitt Wallace Art Museum in Colonial Williamsburg, I find myself amazed at the amount that I have learned in such a short time. I would like to thank the Woodys again for the opportunity to spend my summer in such a wonderful place. This past week […]



A Dog’s Life Live Steam plus CW Guest Blog Entry

By • Jul 28th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello all, Today I am in preparation to give a live stream performance of the “Dog’s Life” tour tomorrow morning at 10am. I am somewhat nervous about this since the usual tour follows a different order for the objects and covers a wider variety of objects, but I am ready to give it my best […]



7/13/16

By • Jul 13th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello friends, This is my first blog in about two weeks as I was on vacation last week in the Outer Banks with my family, and thus was not working at the museum. The beach was great (although very very hot), but I am super happy to be back in Williamsburg. Yesterday was my first […]