Fields of Study: Late Antique and Early Medieval Europe, Early Medieval Religion
Advisor: Helmut Reimitz
I study late antique and early medieval Europe, with a special interest in late antique and early medieval Christianity. In particular, I am interested in Christian debates about orthodoxy and unorthodoxy, as well as the effects of these debates on diverse aspects of the Christian church and early medieval society. I completed my general examinations in May 2012, with fields in Early Medieval Europe (Helmut Reimitz), the High Middle Ages (William Chester Jordan), and Mediterranean Christianity, 300-700 (AnneMarie Luijendijk).
My dissertation will investigate conceptions of orthodoxy and heterodoxy in Visigothic Iberia, as well as how shifting conversations and tensions over religious orthodoxy affected other aspects of Visigothic society. By tracing and articulating implicit and explicit Visigothic discussions and redefinitions of religious orthodoxy and heterodoxy, I aim to investigate shifting notions of authority, religious and social power, and kingship in the seventh-century kingdom. I also hope to investigate the Carolingian inheritance of the Visigothic legacy, and whether Visigothic notions of orthodoxy and heterodoxy influenced Carolingian conceptions of religious and social order.
In addition, my interests also include the Christian chronicle tradition and its changes over time, canon law and early medieval church councils, the compilation and presentation of church councils in manuscripts, the Carolingian reception of Iberian traditions, and relations between early medieval churches and monarchies.
I received my B.A. in History and Anthropology, with a minor in Latin American Literature, from the University of Florida in 2010.