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.
Peer Reviewed Articles
Chapters and Essays
Edited Journal Issue