Lindsey Bestebreurtje holds a Ph.D. in History from George Mason University (GMU). Her dissertation, “‘Built by the People Themselves’: African American Community Development in Arlington County, Virginia from Civil War through Civil Rights,” explores African American community development and suburbanization in the nineteenth and twentieth century American South. She received her BA from the College of William and Mary in 2008 and her MA in Public/Applied History from GMU in 2011.
In addition to her academic experience, since 2010 Lindsey has worked in the field of public history in the Washington, D.C. area. She has worked as an Assistant Curator with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Oral Historian for GMU Libraries, a Historian for the Historic American Landscape Survey, an Interpretive Media Specialist with the National Park Service, a Research Assistant for the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and an Education Specialist with Tudor Place Historic House and Garden.