Assistant Professor

About

  • Role:

    Faculty
  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Medieval History
    • Mediterranean Europe
    • Social History of Healing and Medicine
  • Department:

    • History
  • Education:

    • PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara

Biography

I am a social and cultural historian of healing. I take an integrative approach to the history of healing in the later Middle Ages, focusing on the intersection of learned medicine, the sufferer's experience, and spiritual identity. I am finishing a book that explores a pious Mediterranean community adapting to new dangers during the Hundred Years War and the first waves of plague. This project explores the dangers of mercenary warfare, epidemic illness, and the sacrament of penance.

NB: Graduate students interested in working with me will need to be able to read Latin in order to work with primary sources.

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles:

•  2018, "Miracle Mediators as Healing Practitioners: Knowledge and Practice of Health and Healing with Relics," Social History of Medicine, v. 31, 209-230.

• 2015, "Miraculous Healing for the Warrior Soul: Transforming Fear, Violence, andShame in the Canonization Inquest for Delphine de Puimichel, 1363", Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques, v. 41, 14-27

• 2013, "God Helps Those Who Help Themselves: Negotiating a Miracle in the Canonization of Countess Delphine de Puimichel," Anuario de Estudios Medievales v. 43, 1,  7-25. Available on-line at http://estudiosmedievales.revistas.csic.es/index.php/estudiosmedievales/article/view/433/441

• 2011, “Healing Options during the Plague: Survivor Stories from a Fourteenth-Century Canonization Inquest.” The Bulletin of the History of Medicine, v. 85, 531-559

• 2010, ““His Whole Heart Changed”: Political Uses of a Mercenary’s Emotional Transformation” in Les politiques des émotions du Moyen Âge, eds. Piroska Nagy and Damien Boquet, Micrologus v. 34, 169-190

Peer-Reviewed Chapters in Books:

• 2018, "The "First Mortality" as a Time Marker in Fourteenth-Century Provence," in Viral Networks: Connecting Digital Humanities and Medical History, eds. Katherine Randall and Tom Ewing, Blacksburg, Virginia: VT Publishing, 157-184.

• 2013, “Tempted to Kill: Miraculous Consolation for a Mother after the Death of Her Infant Daughter,” in Emotions and Health, 1200-1700, ed. Elena Carrera, Leiden: Brill, 47-66

• 2013, “Remembering Delphine’s Books: Reading as a Means to Shape a Holy Woman’s Sanctity” in Writing Medieval Women’s Lives, eds. Amy Livingstone and Charlotte Newman Goldy, New York: Palgrave, 33-49

 

Courses

  • Experimental Course: Plants and Animals in the Middle Ages

  • HIST 309 Medieval Christianity

  • HIST 170 World History to 1500

  • HIST 201 Law and Justice in the Middle Ages

  • HIST 310 Medieval Europe