A native of Long Island, New York, Jennifer received her B.A. in History and Historic Preservation from Mary Washington College in 2004. She then worked for the New-York Historical Society until entering the joint Master’s History program at the College of Charleston and The Citadel (The Military College of South Carolina) in 2006. Under the guidance of Dr. Kyle Sinisi, her thesis analyzed the military contributions of Confederate Brigadier-General Roswell Sabine Ripley to the defense of Charleston during the Civil War. As a graduate student, Jennifer began working as an interpreter for the National Park Service at Fort Sumter National Monument, a position she continued in until July 2011.
Upon her arrival at Kansas State University in the fall of 2011, Jennifer shifted her historical focus from the Civil War to the First World War. Her dissertation examines how the United States commemorated the First World War, specifically focusing on Americans’ utilization of war memorials and soldier poetry to craft distinct memories of their participation in the war. In her time at Kansas State, Jennifer has served as a graduate teaching assistant (2011–2015) and a graduate editorial assistant for Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains (2015–present). She also serves as an instructor of U.S. History for Central Texas College at Fort Riley and an academic tutor for K-State Athletics. She is also the recipient of several departmental teaching and travel awards as well as a member of Phi Alpha Theta and Phi Kappa Phi.