Lindsey Bestebreurtje is a doctoral candidate who specializes in African American community development and suburbanization in the nineteenth and twentieth century American South. Currently, Lindsey works as a Research Assistant for the Smithsonian Institution’s upcoming National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). She received her BA from the College of William and Mary in 2008 and her MA from George Mason University (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. Her previous work experience includes two years with Tudor Place Historic House and Garden and four years with the National Park Service (NPS). With NPS Lindsey worked as a Historian for the Historic American Landscape Survey and as an Interpretive Media Specialist with the Civil War Sesquicentennial team. Lindsey worked for GMU as a research assistant with the ‘Public Projects’ and ‘Research’ divisions at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) and as the Oral Historian for GMU Libraries Special Collections and Archives.