Department of History
309 Gregory Hall
810 South Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801
My research investigates the intersection of religious beliefs and literary culture in the later Roman Empire and the early barbarian kingdoms. My dissertation is the first major study of the seven prose saints’ lives written by the poet Venantius Fortunatus (c.530-609 CE). I argue that Fortunatus appealed to his lay audience not only through tales of miracles but also with a coherent and thoughtful theology tailored to meet the laity's pastoral needs.
I have also begun to map out a second book-length project examining the reception of fourth- and fifth-century virgin martyr narratives in the Latin-speaking world of Late Antiquity. This project will gather diverse pieces of evidence, such as martyrologies, liturgies, inscriptions, and hagiographical references from the fifth to the seventh century to examine the use of these martyrs’ legends in asceticism and preaching as they found new audiences and cultural expressions.
- B.A. History, University of New Mexico, 2008.
- M.A. Social Sciences, University of Chicago, 2010.
Awards and Honors
- Lawrence M. Larson Scholarship in History
- Teacher Ranked as Excellent: Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
- Lawrence M. Larson Scholarship for Studies in Medieval or English History
- "The Life of Albinus." The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity. 1 May 2019.
- "The Life of Severinus." The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity. 1 May 2019.
- "A Letter from Bishop Nicetius of Trier to Chlodosinda, Queen of the Lombards." Epistolae: Medieval Women's Latin Letters. 1 May 2018.
- "The Life of Marcellus." The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity. 1 Jul. 2019. University of Oxford.