Samantha entered the PhD program in 2015. Her research interests include the comparative history of slavery and emancipation, race, and the history of capitalism. She graduated summa cum laude from the College of William and Mary in 2014, with a B.A. in History and English. Before coming to Harvard, she worked as a museum educator at the Nantucket Historical Association and as a research assistant at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.