Tanisha Staten is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and received her B.A. in History, with a minor in Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004. Tanisha received the John E. Wallace Award for academic excellence in history and was named to both the National Dean’s and Chancellor’s Lists. Her thesis was a study of the early American political system, titled “Thomas Jefferson and John Marshall: The Struggle to Build A Nation.” She is a second-year M.A. student studying American History with a minor in War and Society. Her current research focuses on American colonial history, particularly on political, constitutional, and legal history in Virginia. Her M.A. thesis topic is on the Randolph family of Williamsburg and their contributions to the colonial government as well as the founding of the Early American Republic.