Fields of Study: High Middle Ages
Advisor: William Chester Jordan
I am a fourth-year PhD student studying the High Middle Ages, particularly twelfth- and thirteenth-century France, England, and Spain. My research interests include heresy, persecution, and redemptive violence; rural social history; and administrative history. Past projects have examined medieval inquisitions into heretical depravity, monastic economy, and the medieval and modern creations of 'grand narratives' of Christian heresy. My current research focuses on the incorruptible French royal bailli of the Vermandois, Mathieu de Beaune, whose sterling career in Louis IX's administration is preserved in the testimonies of over 250 individuals in a 1261 royal enquête. This source not only offers a unique glimpse in the trials and tribulations of a provincial governor, but also gives us an interesting look at how the post-crusade reforms of Louis IX were carried out and received at a local, quotidian level.
During my time at Princeton, I have precepted a course on English Constitutional History, and I ran the department's Senior Thesis Writing Group in 2013-14. I am also the manager of the department's summer softball team, the Revolting Masses.
I received my A.B. in History from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011, where I graduated summa cum laude with a Distinction in History. I was awarded the J. Walter Goldstein Prize for the best senior honors thesis, which examined the Franciscan bishop Juan de Zumárraga's inquisition of native Mexica leaders from 1536-1540.