• Office Hours:

    For Fall 2020: Office hours will be through MS Teams. For HIST 100.002, my office hours will be scheduled for Tuesdays, 11:30am - 12:30pm MST, beginning the week of August 31. For HIST 317, my office hours will be scheduled for Tuesdays, 2:00 - 3:00pm MST.
  • 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.

I was on leave from CSU during the 2019 - 2020 academic year.  Beginning in Fall 2020, I will be teaching two courses online:  HIST 100 / Western Civilization, Pre-Modern and HIST 317 / Renaissance and Reformation Europe.  In addition, I will return to serving as Chair of the College of Liberal Arts Curriculum Committee and as the College's representative to the University Curriculum Committee.