Alyssa Toby Fahringer

Alyssa Toby Fahringer

Alyssa Toby Fahringer

Librarian II

Alyssa is the Digital Scholarship Consultant for George Mason University Libraries' Digital Scholarship Center. In this role she collaborates with students and faculty on digital humanities-based methods and projects. She teaches classroom instruction sessions, leads workshops, and provides consultations to researchers who are engaging in digital scholarship. 

Current Research

Alyssa has a PhD in American history with minor fields in digital humanities and public history. Her dissertation, "'With All Her Sad Disasters, What Do We See in this City?': Reconstruction, Race, and the Politics of Disaster in Richmond, 1870-1918," examines three disasters that occurred in Richmond in 1870 and uses them as a lens to understand the history of the city in the Reconstruction era. 

Selected Publications

“Richmond’s Year of Disasters: Reconciliation, Relief, and the End of Reconstruction,” in Rethinking American Disasters, ed. Cynthia A. Kierner, Matthew Mulcahy, and Liz Skilton (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2023)


PhD, History, George Mason University
MA, History, George Mason University
MLIS, University of Pittsburgh
BA, History, Virginia Commonwealth University
BA, Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University