Community Engagement Committee Members

Research Advisory Council Members

Dr. Alexi Garrett

Alexi Garrett is the 2020-2022 Institute for Thomas Paine Studies and University of Virginia Press Post-Doctoral Fellow at Iona College. In 2020 she earned her Ph.D. in early American history from the University of Virginia, where she won the All-University Graduate Teaching Award. She is currently turning her dissertation, which focuses on the intersection of gender, slave ownership, law, and commercial power in the early American Republic, into a manuscript. Her research has been generously supported by the Red Hill Foundation, Monticello, Mount Vernon, and the Harvard Business School, among others. She serves as the Higher Education Teaching Specialist for H-Net’s Southern Association for Women Historians. 

Before graduate school, Dr. Garrett dug up a Spanish silver coin at Historic Jamestown and edited science textbooks in New York City. She holds an M.A. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from St. Olaf College. Follow her on Twitter at @AlexiGarrett.

Dr. Sara Georgini

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Sara Georgini earned her doctorate in history from Boston University in 2016. For over a decade, she has worked for the Adams Papers editorial project at the Massachusetts Historical Society, where she is series editor for The Papers of John Adams. Committed to the preservation of and access to rare primary sources, Sara has worked on the selection, annotation, indexing, and team production of more than a dozen scholarly editions drawn from the Adams Papers (Harvard Univ. Press, 2009– ), covering the history of American political life in the era from the Declaration to disunion. As a historical editor, she publishes authoritative editions of the founders’ words; leads student and teacher workshops; curates manuscripts and artifacts in thematic exhibits; and brings Adams expertise (spanning three centuries) to the broad audiences of groups like National History Day. Thanks to the Historical Society’s trove of Adams and Jefferson manuscripts, she teaches frequently on constitutionalism, founding-era thought, and the course of Anglo-American empire. Sara is the author of Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family (Oxford Univ. Press, 2019), and she writes about early American history for Smithsonian. She is a co-founder and contributor to The Junto and the Society for US Intellectual History blogs. As a member of the Research Advisory Council, Sara will help the Red Hill team to tackle two challenges: 1) connecting public historians, independent scholars, and adjunct faculty with a greater array of research resources and professional opportunities to share their scholarship and 2) amplifying the rich dialogue happening between public history institutions, libraries, museums, and archives.

Dr. John Ragosta

John Ragosta is a historian at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello. He has taught at the University of Virginia, George Washington University, and Oberlin, Hamilton, and Randolph Colleges. He is currently a fellow at Virginia Humanities.

Dr. Ragosta authored Religious Freedom: Jefferson’s Legacy, America’s Creed (University of Virginia Press, 2013) and Wellspring of Liberty: How Virginia’s Religious Dissenters Helped to Win the American Revolution & Secured Religious Liberty (Oxford University Press 2010). His most recent book, Patrick Henry: Proclaiming a Revolution, was released by Routledge Press in 2016. Ragosta is the lead editor on the recently released The Founding of Thomas Jefferson’s University (University of Virginia, 2019) and associate editor of In the Hands of the People: Thomas Jefferson on Equality, Faith, Freedom, Compromise, and the Art of Citizenship (Random House, 2020). He has published peer-reviewed articles in historic, legal, and scientific journals and is a frequent commentator on topics of public interest.

Before returning to academia, Dr. Ragosta was a partner at Dewey Ballantine LLP. He holds both a PhD and a JD from the University of Virginia and a BS (Physics-Chemistry, Philosophy) from Grove City College.


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