Literature: Medieval literature; medieval historiography; translation; rhetoric; classical reception; Welsh and Celtic Studies
My research focuses on medieval historiography, particularly the ways in which medieval authors conceptualize and write about 'the past.' I work primarily on English, Latin, and Welsh historiography, from Bede to the Middle English Prose Brut. My current book project explores the relationship between political history and formal variety in post-Conquest Britain. I argue that medieval historians represent the fragmentation of the insular past in literary form, and I trace the development of literary varietas from twelfth-century Latin prose histories to fourteenth-century Middle English verse chroniclers.
I am also interested in classical reception, especially in the works of medieval historians. I recently completed an essay on the De vetula, a thirteenth-century forgery purporting to be the work of the Roman poet Ovid.
Fenwick Fellow, George Mason University (2018-2019)
Graduate Research Fellow, Wolf Humanities Center, University of Pennsylvania (2016-2017)
Fulbright-Aberystwyth University Award, US-UK Fulbright Commission (2014-2015)
ENGH 203: Survey of Western Literary Traditions, I
ENGH 305: Dimensions of Writing and Literature
ENGH 309: Epic
ENGH 320: Literature of the Middle Ages
ENGH 421: Memory and Identity in the Middle Ages
ENGH 422: Chaucer
HNRS 240: The History of Memory
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, English (2017)
B.A. (summa cum laude), Cornell University, Medieval Studies and Latin (2010)