- Ph.D., Boston College
- M.St., Modern History: Medieval Britain, 300–1100, University of Oxford
Thesis: Anglo-Saxon Paganism: An Examination of the Evidence and Methodology
Directed by Dr. Bryan Ward-Perkins
- B.A., cum laude, Medieval & Renaissance Studies, College of William & Mary
- March 2009: “Global Arts: Exchange and Innovation of Visual and Material Culture Across the World, 1300–1800,” University of Warwick Global History and Culture Center Summer School, led by Giorgio Riello and Luca Molà, Venice, Italy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_S7flE8mQU
- March 2008: “Presenting Data and Information,” Edward Tufte, Boston, MA http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/courses
- July 2007: “West Halton Archaeological Field School,” led by Dawn Hadley and Hugh Willmott, West Halton, UK
Research and Teaching Interests
- Early Medieval Religious Practice
- Anglo-Saxon England
- European Medieval Art and Visual Culture
- Material Culture
- Historical Archaeology
- Comparative Religion
- “Popular” Religion in the Islamic World
Awards and Fellowships:
- Andrew W. Mellon Foundation / American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2011–2012 http://www.acls.org/research/fellow.aspx?cid=58001ffd-0075-e011-b81f-000c293a51f7
- Research Expense Grant, Graduate Student Association, Boston College, 2008
- Bethell Prize for the best paper by a scholar without tenure, Charles Homer Haskins Society, 2007
- Award for Summer Research, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Boston College, 2007
- University Fellowship for Doctoral Study. Boston College, 2005–2010
Austin Mason, Alecia Arceo, and Robin Fleming, "Buckets, Monasteries, and Crannógs: Material Culture and the Rewriting of Early Medieval British History," Haskins Society Journal 20 (2008), 1–38. http://www.boydellandbrewer.com/store/viewitem.asp?idproduct=9135
- “Regarding the Water: Landscapes of Conversion in Early Medieval England,” 31st International Conference of the Charles Homer Haskins Society, Boston, MA, November 2011.
- “Placing the Dead in their Graves: Objects, Bodies and Burial Space in Conversion Period England,” 37th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association, Decatur, GA, October 2011.
- “Death, Water, and the Conversion of the Landscape in Early Medieval England,” 28th Annual New England Medieval Studies Consortium Graduate Student Conference, Providence, RI, March 2011.
- "Grave Goods, the Cult of the Saints, and Making Christian Burial Communities in Early Medieval England," 125th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Boston, MA, January 2011.
- “Animals in the Religious Life of Early Medieval England,” 36th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association, Roanoke, VA, November 2010.
- “Animals in the Religious Life of Early Medieval England,” Boston College History Workshop, Chestnut Hill, MA, November 2010.
- “Early Medieval Global History?,” Global Arts Summer School, Venice, Italy, March 2009.
- “Buried Buckets: Ritual Behavior Before England’s Conversion,” 26th International Conference of the Charles Homer Haskins Society, Georgetown, Washington DC, November 2007.
- “Anthropology and Understanding Early Medieval Conversion,” Oxford University Medieval Seminar, Oxford, UK, May 2005.
Digital Humanities Experience
- Graduate Assistant Web Developer, Boston College Instructional Design and eTeaching Services, 2009–2011
Developed and maintained web-based instructional technologies for Boston College faculty.
- Curator/Web Assistant, “Global History Archive” Online Teaching Repository, Boston College, 2008–2009
Helped to develop and populated the History Department’s repository with images, articles, videos and “teaching moments” that can be used to construct, enhance, or revise lectures with a global history focus. http://www.bc.edu/offices/ides/projects/gha.html
- Zotero Citation Management Software
Developed citation styles in the XML-based Citation Style Language.