I write about religion, gender, medicine, and the body in public and academic venues such as The New York Times, Religion Dispatches Magazine, Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies, the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and elsewhere.
My most recent book, Acts of Care: Recovering Women in Late Medieval Health (Cornell UP, 2021) explores the caregiving practices and healthcare knowledge of nuns and beguines who lived in Northern Europe in the late Middle Ages. I am also the author of Holy Matter: Changing Perceptions of the Material World in Late Medieval Christianity (Cornell UP, 2014), co-editor (with Sharon Strocchia) of the award-winning collection Gender, Health, and Healing, 1250-1550 and (with Kristen Burnett and Lynn M. Thomas) of the Special Issue of Gender & History, "Health, Healing and Caring" (33.3, 2021). I am co editor-in-chief (with Shazia Jagot and Julie Orlemanski) of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies.
I am presently writing a book entitled, Chansons créoles: A New Genealogy of the French Middle Ages. You can read more about it under the "Current Work" tab.
Born and raised on the Vermilion Bayou, I am now Professor of History and Affiliated Faculty in Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where I teach courses on the history of medicine and the body, history of Christianity, feminist theory, medieval drama and medievalism, historical research methods, and historiography.