Erin Holmes is an Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow and lead curator of the 2019 exhibition Mapping a Nation: Shaping the Early American Republic. She was co-curator for the 2018 exhibition In Franklin's Footsteps: 275 Years at the American Philosophical Society. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of South Carolina in 2017 and B.A. in History from the College of William and Mary. Her research compares the evolution of plantation slavery and colonial identity through the built environment in Virginia, South Carolina, and Barbados during the long 18th century.