I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of History. My research examines the utilizations of liturgy and ritual in 13th century Castile, in particular focusing on the reign of the Saint King Fernando III (r. 1217-1252).
Originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, I travelled down the road to Duke University, where I graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in History and Medieval and Renaissance Studies. During that time, I spent my junior year as a visiting student at Oxford University. In addition to visiting places that for me had previously only existed in books, participating in intensive individual tutorials prepared me for the process of writing a senior thesis. The resulting work, "Out of Many, One?: the voice(s) in the crusade ideology of Las Navas de Tolosa," earned the William T. Laprade Prize, which is awarded to the to the most outstanding senior history thesis of the year. I was then accepted to Teach for America, where I served as a 5th grade teacher in Tallulah, Louisiana.
Here at Saint Louis University, I have earned my M.A. in Medieval History and have presented papers at the International Symposium on Crusade Studies and Annual Renaissance Society of America Meeting.