I am interested in the political, cultural, and intellectual history of early modern Europe. My research so far has centered on the first generation of scholars in fifteenth-century Italy, framed by Leonardo Bruni, Biondo Flavio, and Lorenzo Valla. I study how they defined the cultural unity of peoples and places in response to shifting political dynamics, with a particular interest in their use of geography and archaeology. I am now exploring more broadly the history of antiquarianism and its relation to travel literature.
Some of my general interests are in the history of philosophy, epistemology and the development of the disciplines, and the transmission of Arabic learning in Europe.
I have a BA in the liberal arts from St. John’s College, Annapolis, a MPhil with distinction in Renaissance history from the Warburg Institute, and I was a Mellon fellow studying post-classical Latin at UCLA for a year before coming to Princeton.