- UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, Charlottesville, Virginia, PhD, August 2012-May 2016
UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, Oxford, England
Master of Philosophy in English (Medieval),
Distinction on Thesis,
St. Cross College Sept. 2009-Jan. 2010
Wadham College Jan. 2010-June 2011
- ASBURY COLLEGE, Wilmore, KY
Bachelor of Arts in History and Latin
Aug. 2004- May 2008, Magna Cum Laude
- UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, Oxford, England
Non-Matriculated Visiting Student, Hilary 2007
- WEST JESSAMINE HIGH SCHOOL, Nicholasville, KY
Magna Cum Laude, June 2004
- 2013-14- Praxis Fellowship in Digital Humanities at The Scholars Lab at University of Virginia.
Over the course of the academic year Praxis fellows work to create a new digital tool for pedagogy or research. As a designer I was responsible for crafting the aesthetic identity of our project and to implement that identity in CSS.
- 2009-2010-Oxford University, Justinian C. Bracegirdle Exhibition Academic scholarship.
- 2004-2008-Asbury College, Presidential Scholarship.
- Old English
- Middle English
Research and Publications
- Medieval Literatures
- Paleaography and Histories of the Book
- Historical Theology
- Digital Medievalisms
- 'An analysis of the Script of Vercelli, Biblioteca Capitolare MS CCXXV' in Winfried Rudolf and Timoty Leonardy, eds., An English Prayerbook of the Fifteenth Century in Vercelli - Studies in the Palaeography and History of Vercelli, Biblioteca Capitolare, MS CCXXV (Vercelli: Gallo Editoriale, 2012) pp. 63-72.
- Review of Ralph Hanna Introducing English Medieval Book History: Manuscripts, their Producers and their Readers, (Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2013) in RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage (forthcoming)
- ‘From England to Eyjafjallajökull via Vercelli: The Curious Past of Vercelli MS 225,’ New Chaucer Society Conference, Rejykjavik, Iceland, 18 July 2014.
This paper takes a long view of the history of a specific manuscript, Vercelli MS 225, from production to scholarly rediscovery in 2011 in order to historicize the ways in which manuscripts can and are used at various times.
- ‘This is not a Lollard Book,’ International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, MI, 10 May 2014.
This paper focuses on the ways in which a specific manuscript, Bodley 131, attempts to confront Lollard objections to contemporary religious practice. I argue that while Bodley 131 clearly does not intend to be a Lollard book, it resorts to textual strategies and production assumptions basic to Lollard textual production and use.
- ‘Devout and Diverse “Ymaginacions”: Nicholas Love and the Mirror of History,’ International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, MI, 10 May 2013.
This paper explored the ways in which Nicholas Love historicized his translation project and how he attempted to moralize history in such a way as to challenge Lollard ideas about secular dominion.
- 'Truthiness: The Facsimulacrumization of Medieval Books and the Problems of Unintended Consequences,' at Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Boston, 21-24 March 2013.
This paper wrestles with the potential and problems inherent in the production and use of digital facsimiles by scholars of medieval books. My argument attempts to both assert the primacy of the physical object while simultaneously meditating on the ways in which digital textuality might mirror pre-print models and what such a synchronicity might mean for historians of the book.
- 'Quod John Morton: Anthologizing Nicholas Love in the North,' at 'Out of Bounds: Mobility, Movement and Use of Manuscripts and Printed Books, 1350-1550,'Early Book Society, Center for Medieval Studies, York University, 3-7 July 2011.
This paper offered preliminary thoughts about mercantile book production and reading in fifteenth century York.
- 'Historical Exegesis and reading the Psalms in Anglo Saxon England' at ''Let us go down there, and confound their language:' The Bible in Translation.' London, Birkbeck College 28 May 2011.
- The Household Account Book of Archbishop Wykeham April-September 1393, co-editor with Dr. Ashley Null, 2011-present.
This ongoing project contributes to the social history of the middle ages by making available the detailed dietary accounts and daily itinerary of one of a pivotal, international, figure in late fourteenth century.
- 'Towards a Catalogue of Western Medieval Manuscripts at Wadham College, Oxford,' MPhil Thesis, Oxford, 2011.
This project re-cataloguing all the manuscripts listed by Coxe and one previously unknown manuscript not recorded by either H.O. Coxe's nineteenth century catalogue of Oxford colleges or N.R. Ker's Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries.
- 'Sharing the Good News in Anglo-Norman England,' Mst. thesis, Oxford 2010.
This project surveys the palaoegraphic, codicological, and textual features of gospel books produced in England c. 1066-1200 and argues for the crucial role of gospel books in the history of Anglo-Normal ecclesiastical reform in the twelfth century
- 2014- Huskey Research Exhibition, 2nd Place for "Reassembling MS Bodley 131: Family, Faith, and Late Medieval English Society"
- 2013- Bibliographic Society of the University of Virginia Battestin Fellowship.
This fellowship allowed me to research materials pertaining to William Lambarde, an early scholar of Anglo-Saxon, in the collections of the University of Virginia. This collection is both critically unknown and crucial to our understanding of how Elizabethan identity was constructed out of a medieval past.
- 2012- Bibliographical Society Minor Grant and Society for the Study of Medieval Language and Literature
With this grant, I continued the cataloging of Wadham College, Oxford manuscripts. This grant allowed me to revise the work I undertook began the course of my MPhil and to prepare my thesis for publication
- October 2011- Vercelli, Biblioteca Capitolare Foundation Grant
This grant allowed me to spend a month in Vercelli investigating the palaoegraphic, codicological, and textual features of the gospel books in their collection. This research is part of a larger interest in the rationality of various physical forms of the gospel in medieval Europe.
- 2010- Maxwell and Meyerstien Grant to travel to Vercelli, Italy
This grant enabled palaeographic research at Vercelli, Biblioteca Capitolare and allowed me to conduct the investigations needed to complete 'Sharing the Good News in Anglo-Norman England,' my Mst. Thesis (see below).
- 2010- Pollard Grant to travel Hereford, Cambridge, Colchester, and London
With this grant, I surveyed Anglo-Norman gospel books critical to my Mst. Thesis 'Sharing the Good News in Anglo-Norman England.’
Teaching and Service
- ENLT : The Bible and Early English Literature, Fall 2014 (pending review)
This class explores the relationship between Biblical texts and English Literature 650-1550. Each section consists of a pair of texts, one either Canonical or from the Latin commentary tradition and one literary. The pairs are planned so as to provide methodological, chronological, and generic diversity. Throughout the course we return to questions of textual materiality, gender, and power.
- ENWR 1510: Reading and Writing about Poetry, Spring 2014
This class teaches critical writing principles via literary engagement. It pairs specific reading and writing skills in conjunction with each other so as to emphasize the essential continuity between critical reading and critical writing. The first half of the term is spent honing traditional ‘close reading’ on canonical texts, whereas in the second half of the course students are encouraged to seek out texts of their own interest and to explore the socio-cultural aspects of poetic creation and consumption.
- ENWR 1510: A Knight at the Movies, Fall 2013
This course attempts to simultaneously teach critical writing skills and inculcate a cultural awareness of modern medievalisms. The course proceeds in three units: Disney’s Sword in the Stone and King Arthur’s American Dream, Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven and The Politics of Post 9/11 Crusading and Peter Jackson’s The Two Towers: Adaptation, History, Race, Gender, and Ideology. These units prepare students to write persuasively about complex cultural and historical phenomena while also exposing them to the medieval period at an early juncture in their college career.
- ENWR 3800: Advanced Academic and Professional Writing, Spring 2013
This class explores advanced principles of academic and business writing. The course is built around a project of each student’s choosing. Pedagogically, this class prioritizes collaboration and individual self discovery.
- ENGL 3810: English Literature from Caedmon to Milton, Fall 2012
This survey exposes English Majors—or other interested students—to wide range of Medieval and Early Modern texts as well as diverse theoretical approaches to those texts.
- 2013-14- Interdisciplinary Undergradute Medieval Colloquium Co-Ordinator
I co-organize a weekly colloquim of undergraduate students interested in medieval studies. Some of the participants are majoring in Medieval Studies, others are writing thesis on medieval topics, and some are just interested in the period. Each week we read a short primary or secondary reading and then discuss its implications for our own work. I also organize regular material culture workshops including visits to UVA’s special collections library and the Fralin Museam.
- 2013-14- English Graduates Organization Medieval Area Representative
I represent the medieval period to EGO (English Graduates Organization at Virginia). In this capacity I advise offer suggestions regarding upcoming course offerings and advocate on behalf of the early periods.
- 2013- Graduate Conference Abstracts Reviewer
I reviewed Medieval and Early Modern abstracts for the 2013 Graduate Conference at UVA. From c. 40 abstracts I selected 12 and placed them into three panels for which I organized conveners and respondents
- 2011- International Piers Plowman Conference Volunteer
I volunteered in several aspects of the International Piers Plowman Conference in Oxford. I assisted in preparation and registration as well as facilitating the book display during the conference.
- 2012-present- Research Assistant, Rev. Dr. Ashley Null
I assist Prof. Null with palaeographic and bibliographic research pertaining to late Medieval and Early Modern religious culture. This work includes manuscript transcription and bibliographic description, archival research, and editing.
- 2012- Research Assistant, Piers Plowman Electronic Archive, Prof. Hoyt Duggan, University of Virginia
I checked XML Markup transcriptions of The Siege of Jerusalem for accuracy.
- 2012- Research Assistant, Prof. Tomonori Matsushita, Senshu University, Tokyo, Japan.
I checked Prof. Matsushita’s transcriptions of Piers Plowman B passus 1-5 for accuracy.