Welcome to my profile.

I am currently a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) at Boston College, where I am a historian of late ancient and early medieval Europe, focusing especially on lived religion in the North Sea milieu. My dissertation, “Real and Imagined Undergrounds: A History of Caves in Britain, c. 300 to 1000 CE,” deploys archaeological and literary sources, alongside eco-critical theory, to explore cave use and underground perceptions in both Roman and early medieval Britain.

Beyond caves, my other research interests include: Christian apocrypha; the history of the museum and museum studies; Pictish stones; Coptic textiles; and, medieval vernacular literature, especially The Dream of the Rood and The Legend of the Seven Sleepers. In 2022, I earned a certificate in digital humanities from Boston College, and also attended the University of Göttingen’s inaugural Digital Palaeography Summer School.

I previously attended Yale University as a Marquand Scholar, where I received an M.A. in religion from the Divinity School. I also hold a B.A. in history and classics from Bard College, where I attended as an Excellence and Equal Cost Scholar. I have also held various editorial and publishing positions, including at Yale Law School and Wiley, and I formerly served as the editor in chief of Glossolalia, Yale Divinity School’s graduate journal of religion. I am currently a member of the Medieval Academy of America, the European Association of Archaeologists, and the North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature, as well as a charter member of the Global Late Antiquity Society.


Ph.D. (History), Boston College, in progress
Cert. (Digital Humanities), Boston College, 2022
M.A. (Religion), Yale University, 2017
B.A. (History & Classics), Bard College, 2015


My essay, “Durrow’s Lion: Irenaeus, Pictish Stonescapes, and the Book of Durrow’s Non-Hieronymian Evangelical Symbols,” will appear among other related studies in Ì Chaluim Chille: Interdisciplinary Studies on Iona and Columba on the 1500th Anniversary of the Birth of the Saint (Clò Gàidhlig Oilthigh Ghlaschu, 2023). I presented an early version of this essay at the December 2021 Columba and Iona conference, hosted by the University of Glasgow.

My new translation of the Old English poem, “The Dream of the Rood,” is currently in press, forthcoming in volume 3 of New Testament Apocrypha (Eerdmans, 2023). To accompany the translation, Samuel Osborn and I co-authored a new introduction to the poem.

Christina Cowart-Smith and I have co-organized a session (“The Experience of Stone: Materiality, Landscape, Expression”) at the forthcoming 29th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists in Belfast, N. Ireland.

In 2022, I presented early dissertation research at the 28th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists in Budapest, Hungary. That same year, I received a CARA Summer Scholarship from the Medieval Academy of America to attend the University of Göttingen’s inaugural Digital Palaeography Summer School.

My book review of Jordan Zweck’s Epistolary Acts (University of Toronto Press, 2018) was published in Reading Religion, an online publication of the American Academy of Religion.

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