My research focuses on religion, violence, and political culture during the European Wars of Religion. I have authored a monograph entitled, Warrior Pursuits: Noble Culture and Civil Conflict in Early Modern France (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010). I have held fellowships from the Institut d’Études Avancées de Paris, the Fulbright Scholar Program, the Institute for Research in the Humanities (University of Wisconsin-Madison), the National Endowment for the Humanities (at the Medici Archive Project) and the European University Institute. I recently published an interpretive essay, War and Conflict in the Early Modern World, 1500-1700 (Polity Press, 2016) and a collective volume, The Grand Ducal Medici and their Archive (1537-1743), edited by Alessio Assonitis and Brian Sandberg (Brepols, 2016). I am currently serving as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at NIU, and I am working on several research projects, including a monograph on A Virile Courage: Gender and Violence in the French Wars of Religion 1562-1629.
- War and Conflict in the Early Modern World, 1500-1700 (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2016).
- The Grand Ducal Medici and their Archive (1537-1743), edited by Alessio Assonitis and Brian Sandberg (Turnhout: Brepols, 2016).
- Warrior Pursuits: Noble Culture and Civil Conflict in Early Modern France (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010) [paperback edition, forthcoming in 2017].
- “‘His Courage Produced More Fear in His Enemies than Shame in His Soldiers’: Siege Combat and Emotional Display in the French Wars of Religion,” in Battlefield Emotions, 1500-1800: Practices, Experiences, Imaginations, ed. Erika Kuijpers and Cornelis van der Haven (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), 127-148.
- “‘The Recovery of God’s Heritage’: Maria de’ Medici and French Religious Politics in the Eastern Mediterranean,” in The Medici and the Levant, ed. Marta Caroscio and Maurizio Arfaioli (Turnhout: Brepols, 2016).
- “Of Mothers and Aunts: Regency Government and Performance in Early Modern France and Tuscany under Maria de’ Medici and Christine de Lorraine,” in The Grand Ducal Medici and their Archive (1537-1743), ed. Alessio Assonitis and Brian Sandberg (Turnhout: Brepols, 2016), 163-174.
- “‘Les cruautés barbares qu’ils exercent’: la violence confessionnelle et ses atrocités pendant les Guerres de Religion,” in Le sarcasme du mal. Historie de la cruauté de la Renaissance, ed. Frédéric Chauvaud, André Rauch, and Myriam Tsikounas (Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2016), 173-182.
- “Going Off to the War in Hungary: French Nobles and Crusading Culture in the Sixteenth Century,” in special issue on “Cultures of War: Experiences, Images, and Memories,” Hungarian Historical Review 4, 2 (2015): 346-383.
My teaching interests revolve around issues of violence, religion, gender and culture in early modern European and Mediterranean societies. I teach a range of courses on Renaissance humanism, Reformation movements, European Wars of Religion, European state development and early modern cultural history. Much of my teaching relates directly to my research on religious violence, gender and noble culture in early modern France and Tuscany. I am also interested in the comparative thematic study of religious violence, civil conflict, state development, Mediterranean history and globalization. I previously taught European and global history at Simpson College and Millikin University.
- HIST 111 Western Civilization, 1500-1815
- HIST 311 Early Modern France, 1500-1789
- HIST 390 Film and History: War in Film
- HIST 414 European Wars of Religion, 1520-1660
- HIST 420 The Renaissance
- HIST 421 The Catholic and Protestant Reformations
- HIST 422 Early Modern Europe
- HIST 423 French Revolution and Napoleon
- HIST 458 Mediterranean World, 1450-1750
- HIST 495 Introduction to Historical Research
- HIST 640 Reading Seminar on Religion in Early Modern History
- HIST 640 Reading Seminar on Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective
- HIST 740 Research Seminar on Early Globalization
- Women’s Studies Program
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001
Early Modern Europe