• Office Hours:

    For Spring 2019: Wednesdays 10:00 - 11:30am and by appointment
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Early Modern Europe (15th - 18th centuries)
    • France (Renaissance to Revolution)
    • Religious, Social, Cultural, and Legal History
  • Department:

    • History
  • Education:

    • Ph.D. Yale University


As a specialist in early modern European history, my research has focused on connections among religion, law, politics, and memory, especially in the context of French Calvinists (Huguenots) and their history.  My current research interests include rituals of public apology and reconciliation, both early modern and modern, and travel narratives.  I received my B.A. in History magna cum laude from Pomona College and graduate degrees in History (M.A. and Ph.D.) from Yale University.  After teaching at Stanford University and the College of Charleston I joined the Department of History at Colorado State University in 1993.  I served as department chair from July 2009 through December 2013 and returned to full-time faculty responsibilities in Fall 2014.  I served as Graduate Coordinator for our M.A. Program in History during academic year 2016 - 2017 and as the department's Undergraduate Coordinator for academic year 2017 - 2018.  My teaching repertoire includes courses on Western Civilization; Renaissance and Reformation Europe; the Age of Enlightenment; Early Modern France; Women and Gender in Europe (1450 - 1789); and undergraduate and graduate seminars. Outside of work I enjoy reading detective fiction, listening to country music, and travel.

Beginning in Fall 2018, I will be serving as Chair of the College of Liberal Arts Curriculum Committee and as the College's representative to the University Curriculum Committee.