B.A., M.A., The George Washington University
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Cassandra Good joined the faculty at Marymount in Fall 2017. Prior to that, she served as associate editor of the Papers of James Monroe at the University of Mary Washington. There she did research, writing, and editing, as well as teaching a material culture-centered course titled The World of James Monroe.
Professor Good was trained in a multidisciplinary approach to history, integrating literature, art, material culture, gender studies, and anthropology. Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in American Studies included courses ranging from religion to archaeology. She interned and later worked full time at the Smithsonian Institution in new media as part of a team that started one of the Smithsonian’s first blogs and its first podcast series at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She later worked in research and scholarly programs at the Freer and Sackler Galleries.
A native of the DC area, Professor Good is passionate about connecting her teaching and research with the city’s cultural and historical resources.
Professor Good teaches the history of early America from contact to 1877. Her upper level courses include Colonial and Revolutionary America, The Early Republic and Jacksonian America, Virginia and the Old South, and The United States: Civil War and Reconstruction. She integrates material culture and public history into many of her courses.
Professor Good is a scholar of gender and culture in the early American founding era. She presents regularly at scholarly conferences and to public audiences. Her work has also appeared in academic journals and popular websites including Slate, Smithsonian.com, and the History News Network.
Professor Good’s first book, Founding Friendships: Friendships Between Men and Women in the Early American Republic, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015. It received the Mary Jurich Nickliss Prize for the year’s best gender or women’s history book from the Organization of American Historians in 2016. Good’s current research focuses on George Washington’s family and the ways succeeding generations grappled with their political role in the new nation.