Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor
Fields of Study: Medieval Europe, Social, Gender, Sexuality, and Women, Religion
Office: Zulauf 607
Education: Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2003
My research interests center upon the early Middle Ages, particularly the social history of the Carolingian Empire. I am most engaged in questions concerning the history of women, gender, childhood, and family and the historical and interdisciplinary study of material culture. I am currently working on a book titled "The Meanings and Uses of Textiles and Clothing in the Carolingian World," which examines a crucial form of early medieval material culture. My research has been supported by a Solmsen Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Fulbright Program, the American Philosophical Society, and by grants from Northern Illinois University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Notre Dame.
In addition to teaching Western Civilization to 1500, I teach a variety of classes about the Middle Ages at the undergraduate level. My specific teaching interests include the Carolingian world, the social history of the European Middle Ages, and the history of women, gender, childhood, and family. In addition to teaching history classes, I regularly teach two interdisciplinary courses in medieval studies. At the graduate level, my teaching interests focus upon western Europe in the early Middle Ages; women and gender; childhood; the history of Christianity; and the historical use of material culture.
Co-Director, Medieval Studies Program
Associate, Women’s Studies Program