This website is dedicated to my personal and professional research, also known as unusual discoveries. My name is Dr. Leah Richier; I graduated from Agnes Scott College with a Bachelor of Arts in 2005 and a Doctorate in History at the University of Georgia in 2017. After a lovely year as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Civil War History at Washington and Lee University, I am currently a Digital Humanities Fellow at the University of Georgia and working on my first book on the Georgia State Lunatic, Idiot, and Epileptic Asylum.
I study marginalized people and places, particularly the dead and those considered disabled. I have a few different ongoing side projects, including Buried Here, a collection of unusual & unexpected gravesites and biographies of the dead, buried throughout the United States and the world; Lost Cause Damage, a series of individual and family portraits of Southerners, of all sexes, races, and religions, who have had their legacies altered by Lost Cause mythology, ; and Domestic Tragedy, a slowly building database of murder-suicides in the 19th century.
Enjoy yourself. It’s all terribly interesting material!