Historian Hilary Bergen conducts historical, museum, and litigation research. Before joining History Associates, she completed internships with the Office of the House Historian and the National Archives and worked with the Museum and Guest Services Departments at Mission San Juan Capistrano in Southern California. She graduated magna cum laude from American University with a BA in history. Her senior thesis, “Strangers to Fear: Women Travelers, the Enlightenment and Russia in the Eighteenth Century,” studied identity, nationality, and gender in women’s travel memoirs. Ms. Bergen also studied abroad with Charles University in Prague where she focused on Central European studies.