As a medievalist in Harvard’s department of Romance Languages and Literatures, I primarily focus on early writing in French – much of which paradoxically comes out of Francophone England. My thesis project focuses on the instability of the past in twelfth- and thirteenth-century French and English historiographical manuscripts, with a special focus on the Brut tradition. Examining large-scale interpolations, hapax illustration programs, and irresolvable differences between manuscripts of equal authority, the project tracks how Britain’s past becomes a site of temporal experimentation and fertile creativity across this period. I also have strong interest in translation studies, questions of genre, and memory studies.
My work has appeared in Viator, Arthuriana, and Manuscript Studies, and I have an article under review at the Harvard Library Bulletin. In 2018, I co-convened an international conference on Recycling, Revision, and Relocation in the Middle Ages, out of which a special issue is in the works.
In 2018–2019, I will be a visiting student at both the École des Chartes and the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. In 2017, I worked as a Harvard Library Pforzheimer Fellow on the Beyond Words project at the Houghton Library. You can read more about my activities on the Houghton Library Blog.
I am originally from the Midwest. After graduating from Boston University in 2009, summa cum laude, I taught French at public and private schools in the suburbs of Boston before deciding to pursue graduate work at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Medieval Studies (M.A. 2014) and subsequently at Harvard.
For more information, see my CV.