Faculty/Staff Bio

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Brianne Foley

B.A., Framingham State University; M.A., University of Massachusetts-Boston

History, Economics


Work Phone: 860-945-5924

Year Appointed: 2013

Brianne graduated summa cum laude from Framingham State University, having majored in history and minored in secondary education, where she was on the Dean’s and President’s lists, and earned the History Department Award for Academic Excellence and the Alumni Foundation Award. Upon graduation from Framingham, she began her teaching career at Marlborough High School, where she taught all levels of world and U.S. history, was selected as the recipient of the Model Classroom, served as an NEASC Steering Committee Member, chosen to be a certified mentor teacher, advised student government and other clubs, and founded and served as co-president of the school’s first Parent Teacher Student Organization. While at Marlborough, she earned a master’s in history at UMass Boston, where, in addition to her own coursework, she served as a teaching and research assistant. In 2007, she also directed a program and taught classes for College Academy College Gate in Stoughton, MA. Through her graduate work, she learned of and applied to National University of Ireland, Galway, for the IRCHSS Doctoral Research Fellowship; and she is the only non-European-Union native to be awarded this prestigious fellowship—one entailing coursework, research, and teaching. With a three-year sabbatical from Marlborough, she lived and studied in Ireland, where she completed all of her doctoral coursework; and she is now in the process of completing her dissertation on the death and burial customs of Ireland. She then worked at Taft for the 2011-12 school year, during which time she taught History, lived on CPT, and worked with the debate team.  Now again at Taft, Brianne will teach History and Economics. She lives off-campus on North Street with her husband, Ryan, and their son and two daughters.

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