Rebekah Bryer received her BA in History/Theatre and Dance Studies from Wheaton College (MA) and her MA in Public History from Northeastern University. Her research interests are focused on the various intersections of performance and public memory in American culture from the eighteenth century to the present day. Her dissertation project examines how memorials facilitated and helped construct contested performances of American national identity in the wake of the American Civil War. She has been published in The Washington Post, Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, and The Atlas of Boston History. She has been awarded fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Boston Athenaeum, and a Mellon Interdisciplinary Cluster Fellowship through her affiliation with the Rhetoric and Public Culture Cluster at Northwestern. Outside of research at Northwestern, she is the Graduate Assistant for Public Humanities at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities (2020-2021), the co-coordinator of the Northwestern Graduate Public Humanities Colloquium, and serves on the Graduate Student Advisory Council for the Center for Civic Engagement.