I am a PhD candidate studying early modern European history. My research is on the history of scholarship with a special interest in the unexpected sources of empiricism particular to classical and medieval Italy and the Mediterranean, such as devotional and feudal practices, that shaped early modern intellectual culture.
My dissertation, "The Mercantile Origins of Early Modern Antiquarian Scholarship," examines the role of late medieval Italian merchants in developing the skills and interests in observing and describing material objects that underpinned early modern antiquarian scholarship. I find that merchants based in the Italian colonies and commercial outposts in the eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea regions cultivated this practical expertise through local commercial and cultural exchanges of precious objects, including antiquities, before the blossom of humanism.
I received a B.A. in philosophy and the history of mathematics and science from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland in 2013, and a M.A. in the cultural and intellectual history of the Renaissance from the Warburg Institute in 2016. I was awarded a Mellon fellowship in post-classical Latin at UCLA in 2016-2017, and a Fulbright fellowship at the University of Bologna in 2020-2021.