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Cassie Tanks

PhD in History

Cassie Tanks is a first year World History Ph.D. student at Northeastern University. During the course of her studies, Cassie aims to deepen her engagement with public facing historical and archival work, as well as explore the histories of the Cold War, paramilitarism, liberation, and veterans experiences. She is a research assistant for Dr. Angel David Nieves and his 3D spatial history publication, Apartheid Heritage(s), and “Reckonings: A Local History Platform for the Community-Archivist.” Prior to her pursuit of a Ph.D., Cassie earned a BA in History at San Diego State University, where she gained research interest in the digital humanities, Cold War, and liberation. She expanded upon her interests at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a MS in Library Science and was selected as a Carolina Academic Library Association associate. At UNC, Cassie developed the UNC Story Archive, published “Can You Hear Me OK?”: Launching a Story Based Archive During COVID-19” in the Visual Resources Association journal, conducted original research on participatory descriptive metadata, and developed an exhibit, “Queerolina: A spatial exploration of LGBTQiA+ experiences through oral history” with Hooper Schultz. Currently, Cassie is developing the “After the War” project with a team of academic, community, and student collaborators. The Mellon Foundation and the University of New Hampshire Center for the Humanities have awarded a seed grant, which Cassie will use to pilot this multimedia project. Connect with her on Twitter at @CassieConnected and at cassietanks.org.

Cohort: 2022

Research Interests: U.S. in the World, Cold War history, Militarism and paramilitarism, Digital humanities, Community and participatory archiving

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