Katie is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at Saint Louis University. She is currently working on her dissertation, a study of the twelfth-century revival of the Roman Senate in the context of contemporary legal development and reform. The medieval Senate, a fractious subject in historiography, has often functioned as a battleground for broad ideological questions: the nature of papal and imperial authority, the role of antiquity in medieval thought, or the consequences of economic development. By exploring urban networks, the wider representations of Rome and antiquity in medieval thought, and the explicitly legal character of the Senate itself, her dissertation aims to reevaluate the nature and significance of the communal movement in Rome.
Beyond her current dissertation research, Katie's interests include the twelfth-century papacy, medieval heresy and religious reform, lay religion, and conciliarism. She was recently awarded an NEH Fellowship for the 2014 seminar "Reform and Renewal in Medieval Rome" and has begun her secondyear as a teaching assistant.
Before coming to St. Louis, Katie received a B.A. in History from The Johns Hopkins University. When she's not busy thinking about communes, popes, or emperors, she like to spend her time listening to music, sometimes playing it, and writing fiction.