College of Natural & Social Sciences
Department of History
- Professor, 2014 to Present
- Associate Director, Honors College,2017 to 2019
- History Department Chair, 2014 to 2017
- Associate Professor, 2009 to 2014
- Assistant Professor, 2003 to 2009
- Ph.D. in History, 2003: New York University, NY, NY
- B.A., 1992: Columbia University, NY, NY
- systems of thought in medieval and early modern Europe and their relationship to cultural, social and political contexts
- histories of the body, including gender studies and disability studies
- medieval spirituality and devotional practices, including those associated with mysticism and with relic veneration
- cultural, political and institutional development of religious communties, especially in Germany from the Carolingian era through the twelfth century
- "The gendering of power in the family and the state," with Ping Yao. In The Cambridge World History. Volume 4: A World with States, Empires and Networks 1200 BCE-900 CE, edited by Craig Benjamin. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
- "Discourses on gender and sexuality," with Ping Yao. In The Cambridge World History. Volume 4: A World with States, Empires and Networks 1200 BCE-900 CE, edited by Craig Benjamin. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
- "The Warrior Habitus: Militant Masculinity and Monasticism in the Henrician Reform Movement." In Negotiating Clerical Identities: Priests, Monks and Masculinity in the Middle Ages, edited by Jennifer Thibodeaux. Palgrave, 2010.
- "The Exemplary Blindness of Francis of Assisi." In Disability in the Middle Ages: Reconsiderations and Reverberations, edited by Joshua Eyler. Ashgate, 2010.
- Negotiating Community and Difference in Medieval Europe: Gender, Power, Patronage and the Authority of Religion in Latin Christendom. Essays in honor of Penelope D. Johnson, co-edited with Katherine Allen Smith. Brill, 2009.
- "The Politics of Gender and Ethnicity in East Francia: The Case of Gandersheim, ca. 850-950." In Negotiating Community and Difference in Medieval Europe.
- medieval and early modern Europe
- world history to 1700
- comparative religion
- historiography and critical theory