Hi! I’m Maxwell Cloe (they/he), an oral historian and American Studies scholar with an MA from the College of William & Mary. My research centers on LGBTQ+ histories and cultures in the Appalachian Mountains, particularly artistic and archival networks. I’m also interested in oral history methodology, twentieth-century Southern literature, environmental activism, and radical labor movements. My recent dissertation project focuses on the intersections of LGBTQ+ Appalachian art and environmental justice.
When I’m not conducting research, you can find me in the shelves of antique stores and bookshops, looking for rare and first edition books to add to my collection. I photograph and document these books on a dedicated Instagram page, which you’re welcome to peruse and follow.
I play old time Appalachian fiddle, regularly enjoy walks in the woods, and distract myself by arguing with my black cat, Corduroy.