Dr. Whitney Barnes began her teaching career in the humanities in 2012. She holds a Masters in history from Georgia State University and a PhD in history from Boston College. Throughout her career, Whitney has developed a God-given passion for teaching rhetoric, composition, writing, and critical thinking to her humanities students and believes deeply in the spiritual and academic value of honing these skills. Whitney is a published author, was the recipient of the Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award at Boston College, held the esteemed post of Pensionnaire étranger at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France between 2016-2017, and has been an avid reader and bookworm her whole life. In her spare time, Whitney enjoys singing in the chancel choir at church, playing the mandolin, and attempting to garden. She lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband Andrew, their 3-year-old son Emmett, and their affable golden retriever J.R.R. Tolkien.