I am a historian of early modern Europe, working on the history of the prison, Reformation theology, and utopian thought. I received my B.A. in history from Yale University, and my M.Phil. in theology (ecclesiastical history) from the University of Oxford, where I was an Ertegun Scholar.
My dissertation, provisionally entitled “Being Alone Together: A Genealogy of Solitary Confinement,” recovers the religious roots of solitary confinement, from medieval monasticism to early modern theology to successive waves of penal reform. Other current projects include the economic thought of Jeremy Bentham, concepts of judgment and rationality in Reformation theology, and an annotated translation of John Calvin’s Traité des reliques (1543).
My work has been published in Early Science and Medicine, Names: A Journal of Onomastics, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Gothic Studies, Social History of Medicine (open access), and the Journal of the History of Ideas, and is forthcoming in History Workshop Journal. My annotated translation of the Spanish Jesuit Pedro de Ribadeneyra's history of the English Reformation was published in 2017 by Brill. I serve as an editor for JHIBlog, the blog attached to the Journal of the History of Ideas.
For the 2019–20 academic year, I will be based at the Institut d’histoire de la Réformation at the Université de Genève, Switzerland, supported by a Fulbright / FCS Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship. Regardless, prospective applicants, or indeed anyone curious about the History of Science Program, early modern studies at Princeton, or related questions, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.