• Professor, History

Current Courses

Fall 2021

  • HIST 4990-001
    Senior Seminar
    Location: GC 4660 (GC 4660)

Spring 2021

Professional Organizations

  • Medieval Academy of America. 01/01/2021 - 12/31/2021. Position : Member.
  • American Historical Association. 07/01/2020 - 06/30/2021. Position : Member.
  • Medieval Academy of America. 01/01/2019 - 12/31/2020. Position : Member.
  • Medieval Academy of America. 01/01/2018 - 12/31/2019. Position : Member.
  • American Historical Association. 01/01/2018 - 12/31/2019. Position : Member.
  • Medieval Academy of America. 01/01/2011 - 01/01/2017. Position : Member.
  • American Historical Association. 01/01/1992 - 01/01/2017. Position : Member.

Courses I Teach

  • History 4030/6030 - Age of Attila
    Examination of history and debates concerning the final years of the Roman empire, invasions and migrations, and the history of the earliest kingdoms of medieval Europe.
  • History 4040 - Christianity in the Ancient World
    This course approaches Christianity as a system of thought that that was deeply embedded in the various cultures of the late Roman world and which was transformed over time. In the past, the early history of Christianity was often cast as the inexorable “rise” and “triumph” of a particular religious and ideological view over the belief systems of others. Modern scholars are more interested in understanding how people in the past experienced their lives through the lens of a variety of self-identities. This course covers the first nine centuries of Christianity. It examines how Christian ideas and identities were formed and framed historically and culturally through the experience of having been formed in the crucible of the ancient Mediterranean world. Christian identity is explored through major themes that include: Christian martyrdom, women in the religious life, wealth and poverty, death and the afterlife, the Christian body and sexuality, holy relics, ascetic culture, church councils, and Roman and Celtic Christianity.
  • History 4130 - Early Medieval Social and Cultural History
    This course examines the social and cultural history of the early middle ages through texts, archaeology, and material culture. Regions covered include continental Europe, and the British Isles including Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
  • History 4990 - Christian Death and the Afterlife
    Senior seminar on concepts of death and the afterlife in Christianity up to 900. Research essay required based on readings from primary and secondary sources. Papers can focus on areas of student interest in other areas of the curriculum, including empire, narrative history, theology, images, gender, archaeology, environmental history and material culture.
  • History 4990 - The Merovingian World - Senior Seminar
    “The Merovingian World (486-751).” The class will examine the wide-ranging influence of the Merovingian era from the fifth through to the eighth centuries in the West, its intriguing dynasty of “long haired” kings, and other aspects of Merovingian culture in the early middle ages. This era saw the birth of Europe as it transitioned from being part of the Roman Empire to a patchwork of Christian peoples and states. Geographically, Merovingian kings and queens ruled over much of what is modern day France. However, through aristocratic and trade networks, Merovingian influence encompassed most of Europe including the Rhineland, Anglo-Saxon England, and the Mediterranean world of late antiquity. Myths about this era of History are rampant: these centuries are sometimes termed the “Dark Ages,” and in modern times the Merovingian kings have been associated with the 1980s “Holy Blood, Holy Grail” theory now popularized in Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Merovingian reality is very different but no less intriguing. Modern historical scholarship and new archaeological methods have opened up new vistas for our understanding of this fascinating but often unfamiliar era of European history. The class as a whole will read primary and secondary source materials in order to become oriented to the time period and the major characteristics and issues of that time.
  • History 7720 - Colloquium on Early Medieval Europe
    The purpose of this course is to examine recent scholarship on themes which are currently central to studies in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (roughly 400-900).
  • History 7840 - Medieval Seminar
    This course provides an overview of major themes including modern historiography and periodization debates. The course provides the skills needed to identify and assess ancient and medieval sources including Greek and Latin texts. The course provides a guide to resources, modern, ancient, and digital.
  • Honors 4472 - Death and the Afterlife
    Honors Humanities seminar on views of death and the afterlife AD. 30-1700.
  • 4990 - Saints and Barbarians in Late Antiquity
    Senior seminar