MA, History, Boston College, 2009
BA, History and Latin, Colgate University, 2006
My research focuses on the history of Brittany in the eleventh century and on Benedictine monastic charters as records of medieval social and cultural practices. My dissertation will use monastic charters to examine geographical and class variations in social and cultural practices, in order to reconstruct the social geography of eleventh-century Brittany. This reconstruction will allow me to consider the role of monasteries, and the practices they encouraged, in the formation of Breton communities in the 11th century. More generally, I am interested in the history of Western France in the 10th and 11th centuries, in the politics and practices of medieval border regions, and in forms of social cohesion in the "stateless" societies of the central Middle Ages.
Fellowships and Awards:
- Birgit Baldwin Fellowship in French Medieval History, Medieval Academy of America (2011–2012)
- Dissertation Fellowship, Boston College History Department (2010–2011)
- University Fellowship for Doctoral Study, Boston College (2006–2011)