Year Matriculated into Ph.D. Program
Areas of Interest
Late Medieval History; History of the Book; Communications and Manuscript Culture
B.A. in Classical Languages, Calvin College; M.A. in Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University; M.M.S., Notre Dame
My dissertation, "Publishing The Imitation of Christ: The Distribution Circles of a Fifteenth-Century Bestseller" (Advisor: John Van Engen) focuses on the diverse fifteenth-century institutions and communities responsible for producing over eight-hundred surviving copies of the Imitatio Christi, a fifteenth-century devotional work, each meticulously copied by hand. By examining the way this work spread in manuscripts before and during the early development of the printing press (ca. 1450s-1470s) my work contributes to the historical understanding of how communications technologies like the printing press have revolutionized (or not) the way texts and ideas spread.
Recent Scholarly Activity
- Teaching Assistant, Medieval Studies 20001: The World of the Middle Ages. Spring semesters of 2015 and 2016.
- "Towards a prosopography of the text: authorship, patronage networks, and the textual transmission of Marguerite Porete’s 'Mirror of Simple Souls'," Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters Annual Conference, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, Michigan, 4 March, 2016.
- "Shaping the Foundations: Rethinking Local History at St. Nicholas-sur-Sambre in light of the community’s foundation narrative, 1187-1243," Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters Annual Conference, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, 28 February, 2014.
- Conference Grant, Western Michigan University Graduate College, February, 2013.