I am an historian of the Middle Ages, with an emphasis on the political and social history of western Europe from 1000-1350. Broadly speaking, my research focuses on the forms, functioning, and experience of power in medieval society. I am interested not only in how claims to authority were expressed and disseminated in political theology and law, but also how such assertions and ideals were articulated and exercised through institutional developments and actual practices of rulership and governance.
My dissertation, "The King Cannot Be Everywhere: Royal Governance and Local Society in the Reign of Louis IX," examines the political and social consequences of royal anti-corruption policy and ideals of sacral governance on administrative practice, the conduct of royal agents, and wider perceptions of royal government in thirteenth-century France. For my research, I was awarded an ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Other topics of interest include kingship; medieval law; heresy and heresiology; persecution and redemptive violence; corruption; and rural society.
While at Princeton, I have been a preceptor for courses on 'English Constitutional History', 'Europe from Antiquity to 1700', and 'The World of Late Antiquity', in addition to serving as the department's Undergraduate Writing Consultant for three years. I am also the manager of the department's summer softball team, the Revolting Masses.
I received my M.A. from Princeton University in 2013, and an A.B. summa cum laude in History from Washington University in Saint Louis in 2011.