2005, Ph.D. History (with distinction), University of Chicago
2000, M.A. History, University of Texas at Austin
1998, B.A. History (summa cum laude), Tulane University
2017-present: Associate Professor, Department of History; Affiliated Faculty, Religious Studies,
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2013-2017: Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
2007-2013: Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
2006-2007: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History and Department of Religion,
2005-2006: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
2014: Holy Matter: Changing Perceptions of the Material World in Late Medieval Christianity (Cornell University Press).
Reviewed in: American Historical Review (June 2015); Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures (41:2 2015); The Medieval Review (15.05.05); Common Knowledge (22.1 2016); Catholic Historical Review (October 2015); Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History (Winter 2014); English Historical Review (March, 2016); Journal of Religion (April, 2016); Religious Studies Review (June, 2016); Journal of Religious History 40 (2016); Journal of Ecclesiastical History (January, 2017)
2017: “Saints' Lives as Efficacious Texts: Cistercians Monks, Religious Women, and Curative
Reading,” Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies (October, 92.4).
2015: “Cult and Codex: Hagiographic Writing and Carthusian Reading in Royal Library of Belgium
MS 8060-64.” Viator: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 46.3 (Autumn): 255-276.
2014: “Affective Medicine: Later Medieval Healing Communities and the Feminization of Health
Care Practices in the Thirteenth-Century Low Countries,” Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures 40.2 (July): 113-143. Selected as “Article of the Month “ by Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index
2013: “Wessel Gansfort, John Mombaer and Medieval Technologies of the Self: Affective
Meditation in a Fifteenth-Century Emotional Community,” Fifteenth-Century Studies 38 (July): 153-174.
2012: “Manual Thinking: John Mombaer's Meditations, the Neuroscience of the Imagination, and
the Future of the Humanities,” Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Studies 3.2 (Fall): 341-354.
2009: “Rethinking the Twelfth-Century Discovery of Nature,” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern
Studies 39.2: 225-255.
2009: “Nature and Spirituality in the Twelfth Century: Problems and Approaches,” Religion Compass 4
2008: “Spiritual Arborescence: The Meaning of Trees in the Late Medieval Religious Imagination,”
Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality (April): 64-82.
Expected, 2020: “Sanitas and Sanctity: Hagiographic Approaches to Healthcare in Medieval
Latin Christianity,” Hagiography and the History of Latin Christendom, 500–1500, eds. Paul Hayward and Samantha Herrick (Leiden: Brill).
Expected, 2018: “Reading Effects: The Experience of Lectio at Villers,” in Sense, Matter, and Medium: New Approaches to Medieval Material and Literary Culture, eds. Fiona Griffiths and Kathryn Starkey (De Gruyter).
Expected, 2018: “Obstetric Media: Text, Image, and the Performance of Labor in Cistercian
Communities” in Pregnancy and Childbirth from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance, ed. Costanza Dopfel (Turnhout: Brepols).
2014: “Illness and Imagination: the Healing Miracles of Clare of Montefalco,” in The World of St.
Francis: Essays in Honor of William R. Cook. Edited by Bradley Franco and Beth Mulvaney (Leiden: Brill) 80-99.
2017: Zubin Mistry, "Abortion in the Early Middle Ages, 500-900," American Historical Review 122.2.
2017: Victoria Smirnova, Marie Anne Polo de Beaulieu, and Jacques Berlioz, eds.
“The Art of Cistercian Persuasion in the Middle Ages and Beyond: Caesarius of Heisterbach’s Dialogue on Miracles and its Reception,” Renaissance Quarterly 70.2.
2017. Matthew M. Mesley and Louise E. Wilson, eds. “Contextualizing Miracles in the
Christian West, 1100-1500” The Medieval Journal 6.1.
2016: Winfried Büttner, "Leib-und Seelenärzte. Die heiligen Mediziner der Alten Kirche" Bulletin Codicologique (2016/1).
2016: Brett Edward Whalen, “The Medieval Papacy” Church History 85.1.
2015: Nirit Ben-Aryeh Debby, “The Cult of St. Clare in Early Modern Italy” The Medieval Review (November, 2015).
2015: Tanya Stabler Miller, “The Beguines of Medieval Paris: Gender, Patronage, and Spiritual
Authority” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 44.5.
2015: Fiona J. Griffiths and Julie Hotchin, eds. “Partners in Spirit: Women, Men, and Religious Life in Germany, 1100-1500” The Medieval Review (February, 2015).
2014: Ellen Arnold, “Negotiating the Landscape: Environment and Monastic Identity in the
Medieval Ardennes” Early Medieval Europe 22.3.
2013: Maximilian Von Habsburg, “Catholic and Protestant Translations of the Imitatio Christi, 1425-1650: From Late Medieval Classic to Early Modern Best Seller,” Church History 82.2.
2013: Glenn W. Olsen, “Of Sodomites, Effeminates, Hermaphrodites, and Androgynes: Sodomy in the Age of Peter Damian,” Church History 82.1.
2011: Marjory Curry Woods, “Classroom Commentaries: Teaching the Poetria nova Across
Medieval and Renaissance Europe,” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 42.3.
2011: Rachel Koopmans, “Wonderful to Relate: Miracle Stories and Miracle Collecting in High
Medieval England,” The Medieval Review (June, 2011).
2009: Leonie Hicks, “Religious Life in Normandy, 1050-1300: Space, Gender and Social Pressure,” Church History 78.3.
Manuscripts in Preparation:
'Salvation is Medicine': Gender and the Healing Communities of Late Medieval Europe. Manuscript in progress.
“Herbal Virtue: Plants and Prayer in Premodern Medicine,” for Postmedieval (2018) issue on
“Premodern Plants” edited by Vin Nardizzi and Robert Barrett.
2015: “Stricter Gun Laws for Abusers Could Save Lives” The Times Picayune, August 19, 2015, AM2.
2013: "Cuts Leave Abuse Victims No Options" The Daily Advertiser January 29, 2013.
2012: “For Priest’s Wives, A Word of Caution,” New York Times, 13 January 2012, sec A, p 23.
2012: “Catholic Priests, Celibacy, and the Marriage Loophole,” Religion Dispatches Magazine, January
2004: Life of the Spirit, Life of the Mind: Rockefeller Chapel at 75. Chicago: University of Chicago Library.
EXTERNAL FELLOWSHIPS & GRANTS:
2017: Paul Oskar Kristeller Fellowship, Renaissance Society of America
2014: American Philosophical Society, Franklin Research Grant
2013: National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend Award
2011: Huntington-British Academy Research Fellowship
2005: German Historical Institute, Medieval History Seminar, Venice, Italy
2004-2005: Andrew Mellon Dissertation Fellowship
2004: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow of the Huntington Library
2003: Hill Monastic Manuscript Library Heckman Research Grant
INTERNAL GRANTS AND AWARDS:
2015: Louisiana Board of Regents ATLAS award
2015: Sagrera Family Memorial Endowed Professor of History
2014: Faculty Research Excellence Award, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
2014: “Women of Excellence” Award, Lafayette Commission on the Needs of Women
2010: Faculty Research Grant, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
2008: Outstanding Faculty Award, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Beacon Club
2008: Mathé Allain Fellowship, Friends of the Humanities
2008: Faculty Development Grant, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Invited Papers and Comments:
2018: "Salvation is Medicine: The Medieval Production and Gendered Erasures of Therapeutic Knowledge," Medieval Academy of America, Plenary Address, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 11.
2018: "Specular Therapeutics: Miracle, Medicine, and Manuscript Illumination," Miraculous Images: Buddhist, Hindu, Christian Workshop, University of Virginia, March.
2018: "Foliated Healing: Miscellanies as Sources for Gendered Medical Practice in the Late Medieval Low Countries," Gendered Histories of Health, Healing, and the Body, 1250-1550. University of Cologne, January.
2017: Comment: "The Social Positioning of Holy Figures." Religion in the Premodern Mediterranean Unit, American Academy of Religion, Boston, November.
2016: “Wound as remedy: Sensing the Passion in KBR 4459-70,” Sensory Reflections Symposium,
Stanford University, October 14.
2016: Comment: “Gradations of Life: Representing Inanimate Matter in Medieval Manuscripts,”
International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK, July 4-7.
2016: “Re-reading the Book of the World: Wonder and the Orders of Nature in Medieval Literature
and Culture,” Workshop at Indiana University- Bloomington, April 15-16.
2016. Comment: “Miracles and Relics” at “Medieval Natures,” Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, April
2015: Response to Plenary Panel: “Healing Words,” Medicine of Words: Literature, Medicine, and Theology
in the Middle Ages, St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, UK September 11-12.
2013: “The Gender of Nature,” University of Chicago Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality:
The Pre-Modern Body Project: Nature and the Natural in the Middle Ages, May 3-4.
2010: Comment: “Challenges to Episcopal Authority in Medieval and Early Modern France,”
Western Society for French History, Lafayette, LA, October.
2005: “On the Spiritual Significance of Carthusian Gardens,” Medieval History Seminar, The
German Historical Institute, Venice, Italy, October.
2017: “Psalm Prescriptions: Healthcare Advice in Thirteenth-Century Psalters,” in thread "Sacred Health Technologies: Medicine, Metaphor, and the Marginal Body in Premodern Religious Traditions," Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, Long Island, NY, June.
2017: "Salvation is Medicine: Rethinking Medieval Medicine through the Perspective of the Devotional Miscellany," American Association for the History of Medicine, Nashville, May.
2017: Panelist: “Saintly Bodies: Materiality, Manuscripts, Movement,” International Congress on
Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May.
2017: "Bodily Care and the Book: Bibliographic Connections in Women's Communities in the Southern Low Countries" Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, March.
2016: “Reading Effects: The Sensory Experience of Lectio at Villers” International Congress on
Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May.
2015: “Hagiographic Healing: Performative Reading and Personal Change in Thirteenth-Century
Miscellanies,” Medicine of Words: Literature, Medicine, and Theology in the Middle Ages, St. Anne’s College, Oxford, September.
2015: “Her Life Inside the Codex: Repurposing Saints’ Lives in a Fifteenth-Century Monastic
Manuscript,” Renaissance Society of America, Berlin, March.
2014: “Healing Communities at the Margins of Medicine in Thirteenth-Century Liège,” Berkshire
Conference of Women Historians, Toronto, May.
2014: “From Bodily Care to Somatic Devotion: Affective Healing between Thirteenth-Century Lives
and Fifteenth-Century Manuscripts,” Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, April 4-5.
2013: “Saintly Transmissions: Affect and Gender in a Latin Manuscript from the Bibliothèque
Royale de Belgique” Gulf Medieval and Renaissance Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, September 27-28.
2012: Panelist: “Political Activism and the Academy,” Roundtable Sponsored by the Society for
Medieval Feminist Scholarship, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May.
2012: Panelist: “Historiographies of Feeling,” Roundtable Sponsored by the Lollard Society,
International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May.
2012: “Meditation, Education, Devotion: John Mombaer’s Spiritual Exercises in Fifteenth-Century
Schools,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May.
2012: “John Mombaer and the Role of Meditation in Fifteenth-Century Pedagogy,” American
Catholic Historical Association, New Orleans, LA, March.
2011: “Creation, Recreation, Incarnation: Gendering the Twelfth-Century Discovery of Nature”
Patristic, Medieval, Renaissance Conference, Villanova, PA, October.
2011: “Seeing Your Body, Changing My Mind: Narrative Healing in Later Medieval Female Saints’
Lives,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May.
2010: “Seeking Uchronia: Meditation as Re-education for the Post-Historical Humanities,” Babel
Working Group, University of Texas at Austin, November.
2008: “Francis as the “Nature Saint” among the First Generation of Franciscans?” Louisiana
Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Scholars, Lafayette, LA, September.
2008: “Arboreal/Corporeal: The Body of Saint Francis as a Tree” International Medieval Congress,
Leeds, UK, July.
2007: “The Invention of Nature in French Theology,” Louisiana Consortium for Medieval and
Renaissance Scholars, New Orleans, October.
2007: “‘To Preach is to Make a Tree’: Rethinking the Intelligibility of Nature with the French
Catholic Avant-Garde,” International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK, July.
2005: “Our Lady in the Tree: Mandatory Gardening, Book Production and the Body of Christ in
Fourteenth-Century Carthusian Spirituality,” Midwest Medieval Symposium, Newberry Library, March.
2004: “The Arboreal Language of Suffering and Ecstasy among the Late Medieval Friars-Preachers,”
Interdisciplinary Christianities Workshop, University of Chicago, November.
1999: “Scripturing the Body, Knowing the Word: the Body Hermeneutic and Illiterate Audience in
the Hagiographic Texts of Thomas of Cantimpré,” Columbia Medieval Guild Conference, Columbia University, October.
1999: “Variations on the Word: Literacy and Religious Behavior in the Vitae of Two Female Saints,”
Texas Medieval Association, West Texas A&M University, September.
2013-present: Hagiography Society, Program Chair, 2013-present
2012-present: Manuscript Review for Oxford University Press, Philological Quarterly, Routledge, Dynamis, Journal of Religious History,
Medieval Low Countries, The Mediaeval Journal
2008: Conference Coordinator, Louisiana Consortium of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
2002-2004: Editorial Assistant, Critical Inquiry
2003-2004: Medieval Studies Workshop Coordinator, Council for Advanced Studies in the
Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago
2003: Curator, Life of the Spirit, Life of the Mind: Rockefeller Chapel at 75, historical exhibition in the
University of Chicago’s Regenstein Library’s Special Collections
Select Panels Organized or Chaired:
2017: Organizer: "Reentering Sacred Biography: Hagiography as a Category of Analysis for Comparative Sanctities," American Academy of
Religion, Boston, November.
2017: Organizer: “Context of the Codex” and “Thirty Years of Feasting and Fasting: A Roundtable
on Caroline Bynum’s Holy Feast and Holy Fast, 1987-2017” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 11-14.
2017: Organizer: “Religious Connectivity in Urban Communities,” “Virginity in Song: Digital Tools
for the Liturgy,” “Teaching Early Modern Religion with the Other Voice,” Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, March 30-April 1.
2016: Organizer: “Material Devotion, Material Decay: The Ephemera of Catholic Devotion in the
Long Sixteenth Century,” Sixteenth Century Studies and Conference, Bruges, August 16-19.
2016: Organizer: “In Memorium: Tom Head,” “Holy Landscapes and Sacred Space,” and “Holy
Celebrity,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 12-15, 2016.
2015: Organizer: Roundtable: Transatlantic Sanctity on behalf of the Hagiography Society, Sixteenth
Century Studies and Conference, Vancouver, October 22-25.
2015: Chair: “Hylie, Materia, Sylva, Subject Matter, Prime Matter, Woods” International Medieval
Congress, Kalamazoo, MI, May 14-17.
2015: Organizer: “Remembering Jacques Legoff,” “Multidisciplinary Saint Bridget,” and”Global
Sanctity: Demons and the Demonic” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 14-17.
2015: Organizer & Chair: “Manuscript and Print,” on behalf of the Hagiography Society,
Renaissance Society of America, Berlin, March 26-28.
2015: Organizer: “English Martyrs and Martyrologies;” “Relics, Reliquaries, Ornament;” “Shaping
Italian Models of Sanctity,” on behalf of the Hagiography Society, Renaissance Society of America, Berlin, March 26-28.
2015: Chair: “Gender and Crime in the Medieval and Early Modern World II,” Society for Medieval
Feminist Scholarship, at the American Historical Association, January 2.
2014: Organizer & Chair: “Vision, Word, Authority: Caterina & Birgitta,” on behalf of the
Hagiography Society, Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, New Orleans, October 17-19.
2014: Organizer: “Re-Forming Saints: Textuality and Authority in Sixteenth-Century England,” on
behalf of the Hagiography Society, Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, New Orleans, October 17-19.
2014: Organizer & Chair: “Medieval Mothers: Reproductive Health in the Middle Ages,” on behalf
of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, MI, May 8-11.
2014: Organizer: “Saints for All Occasions,” “The Economics of Sanctity,” “Global Sanctity,”
“Multidisciplinary St. Anne,” on behalf of the Hagiography Society, International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, MI, May 8-11.
2014: Organizer (with Willemien Otten): “Nature and Creation: Reassessing Concepts,”
International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, MI, May 8-11.
2013: Organizer & Chair: “Saints and Sensibility” on behalf of the Hagiography Society,
International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, MI, May 9-12
2013: Chair: “Medicine and Spirituality III: Religious Perspectives on Healing,” Medieval Academy
of America, Knoxville, TN, April 4-6.
2015-2016: Search Committee, Title IX Officer
2014: Gender Equity Caucus (founding member)
2012-2015: Faculty Advisor to Students for the Advancement of Women
2014-2015: Faculty Representative, Sexual Assault Task Force
2014-2015: Chair, Graduate Curriculum Committee
2014-2015: Chair, Presidential Council for Campus Sustainability, (member: 2011-2015)
2014-2015: Liberal Arts Representative, Graduate Council
2012-2015: Liberal Arts Graduate Faculty Peer Review Committee
2011-2013: Diversity Advisory Council
2008-2012: Liberal Arts Representative, University Curriculum Committee
2008-2010: Faculty Advisor to Women Organizing Women
2007-2012: Committee on Honorary Doctorates and Awards
2016-present: Department Head
2014-2015: Modern France Search
2012-2015: Graduate Coordinator for MA Program in History
2012-2013: Public History Search
2012-2015: Graduate Advisor
2007-2014: Library Committee
2007-2011: Graduate Committee
2010: Presenter, “Sexual Ethics and the Premodern Church,” The Philosophy Club, University of
Louisiana at Lafayette, September.
2011—present: Board of Directors of Faith House of Acadiana, a shelter for
women and children, Board Member, 2010-present; Vice President, 2011-2014; President 2015.
2015: Panelist, “Moving the Ball Forward: A Panel on Gun Violence,” National Council
of Jewish Women, New Orleans, November 12.
2015: Moderator, “Gender and Gun Violence,” Gun Violence in Louisiana: A Symposium, September 28
2014: Panelist, “Louisiana and the Violence Against Women Act,” for How Women Fare in the Race for
the US Senate: The Runoff Between Landrieu and Cassidy, December 2, 2014
2014-2015: Member, Committee on Community Outreach, Hilliard Art Museum
2012-2015: Member, Lafayette Council on Domestic Violence
American Historical Association
Medieval Academy of America
Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship
Renaissance Society of America
2014: Biology 110, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Professor Sherry Krayesky
2013: Advanced Medieval Manuscripts, Rare Book School, Beinecke Library, Professor Barbara Shailor.
2012: Health and Disease in the Middle Ages, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer
Seminar, Wellcome Library, Professors Monica Green and Rachel Scott
2011: Fifteenth-Century Books in Manuscript and Print, Rare Book School, Walters Art Museum,
Professors Paul Needham and William Noel
2008: St. Francis of Assisi in the Thirteenth Century, National Endowment for the
Humanities Summer Seminar, Professor William Cook.