Visiting Assistant Professor, Medieval History
Education: Ph.D., Saint Louis University, 2011; M.A., Saint Louis University, 2006; B.A., Duquense University, 2003
Research:My research interests are focused in the cultural and political history of medieval France. My primary interest is how royal association with the crusades shaped the valuation and operation of power and the practice of kingship in the Middle Ages. I am also interested in the broader history of the crusading movement, noble and popular culture, and the role of religion in shaping the medieval experience. My current book manuscript entitled "The Capetian Kings of France and the Crusading Movement" examines the crisis of political authority caused by the First Crusade (c. 1095-1099) that confronted the French ruling elite in the first half of the twelfth century. In addition to several articles, I have co-authored an edited volume (2010). I have also begun a new research project that is a systematic examination of the relationship that existed between the crusades, medieval popular imagination, and visual and material culture.
- The Capetian Kings of France and the Early Crusading Movement, manuscript in preparation.
- Crusades: The Medieval Worlds in Conflict, co-editor (Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2010).
Peer Reviewed Articles
- "Crusading as Legitimacy: Suger of Saint-Denis and the Narrative of Kingship," under review.
- "The French Royal Court and the Memory of the First Crusade," Nottingham Medieval Studies. 55 (2011): 49-78.
Chapters and Essays
- "The Ritual of Crusading: New Approaches to Understanding the Twelfth-Century Power Structure in France," in Historiography, Memory, and Transmission: Approaches to the Narratives of the Early Crusade Movement, ed. Damien Kempf and Marcus Bull, under contract.
- "Kingship and the Crusades," for the Cambridge History of the Crusades, ed. Jonathan Phillips and Andrew Jotischky (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), invited contribution, to be submitted July 2012.
Edited Journal Issue
- Co-Editor (with Damien Kempf). Constructing a Nation: Capetian France (987-1328), special volume for French Historical Studies. Call for Papers in Press. Deadline for submissions 1 November 2012.