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
Manuscripts in Preparation:
‘Salvation is Medicine’: Gender and the Healing Communities of Late Medieval
Europe. Manuscript in progress
“Gendering Morbidity: Women’s Prayers for the Dead and Dying in Late Medieval Flanders and
Brabant” solicited essay for Death and Disease in the Middle Ages, edited by Lori Jones
and Nükhet Varlik, due Spring 2019 for submission to York Medieval Press.
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 92.4 (October): 1101-1143.
2015: “Cult and Codex: Hagiographic Writing and Carthusian Reading in Royal Library of
Belgium MS 8060-64.” Viator: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies46.3 (Autumn, 2015): 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 Cultures40.2 (July, 2014): 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, 2013): 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 Studies3.2 (Fall 2012): 341-354.
2009: “Rethinking the Twelfth-Century Discovery of Nature,” Journal of Medieval and Early
Modern Studies39.2 (2009): 225-255.
2009: “Nature and Spirituality in the Twelfth Century: Problems and Approaches,” Religion
Compass4 (June 2009): 595-607.
2008: “Spiritual Arborescence: The Meaning of Trees in the Late Medieval Religious
Imagination,” Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality(April, 2008): 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: “The Wound’s Presence and Bodily Absence: The Experience of God in a
Fourteenth-Century manuscript,” in Sensory Reflections: Traces of Experience in Medieval Artifacts, 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).
Solicited essay, with editors, “Herbal Virtue: Plants and Prayer in Premodern Medicine,”
Postmedieval (expected, 2020) issue on “Premodern Plants” edited by Vin Nardizzi and
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, 2014) 80-99.
2018: Renate Blumenfeld-Kosiniski, “The Strange Case of Ermine de Reims: A
Medieval Woman Between Demons and Saints,” History of Religion (612).
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: Zubin Mistry, “Abortion in the Early Middle Ages, 500-900,” American
2016: 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
2013: Glenn W. Olsen, “Of Sodomites, Effeminates, Hermaphrodites, and Androgynes: Sodomy
in the Age of Peter Damian,” Church History(82.1).
2013: J.W. Meek, “Sacred Light: Holy Places in Louisiana” Louisiana History(Spring, 2013).
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 (September, 2009).
2007: Joan Mueller, “The Privilege of Poverty: Clare of Assisi, Agnes of Prague, and the
Struggle for a Franciscan Rule for Women” Church History(December, 2007).
2015: “Stricter Gun Laws for Abusers Could Save Lives” The Times Picayune,August 19, 2015,
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 10, 2012.
2004: Life of the Spirit, Life of the Mind: Rockefeller Chapel at 75. Chicago: University of
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:
2017: University of Tennessee Humanities Center Visiting Scholars Award
2015-2017: Sagrera Family Memorial Endowed Professor of History
2015-2016: Louisiana Board of Regents ATLAS award
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: “Healing by the Hours: Liturgical Rhythms of Caregiving in Women’s Religious
Communities in Late Medieval Europe” Johns Hopkins University, Department of the
History of Medicine October, 2018.
2018: “Salvation is Medicine: Therapeutic Constructions and Gendered Erasures in Late
Medieval Europe” The Medieval Academy of America, Plenary Address, International
Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 11.
2018: “Specular Therapy: Medicine, Miracle, and the Manuscript Page” Miraculous Images:
Buddhist, Hindu, Christian Workshop at the University of Virginia, March 21.
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 25-26.
2017: Comment: “The Social Positioning of Holy Figures” American Academy of Religion,
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,
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.
2018: “Charms as text and act: Verbal efficacy and the performance of therapy in women’s
religious communities” Harvard University Symposium on Interdisciplinary Approaches
to the Study of Charms and Medicine, April
2017: “Psalm Prescriptions: Healthcare Advice in Thirteenth-Century Psalters,” 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.
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 LifeInside 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 Vitaeof Two Female
Saints,” Texas Medieval Association, West Texas A&M University, September.
World Civilizations, From Mesopotamia to Montezuma II
Introduction to the Middle Ages
Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
War in the Middle Ages
Education, Books, and Knowledge in the Middle Ages
Gender and Spirituality in Medieval Christianity
Love, Marriage, and Family in Medieval Europe
Gender and Medicine in Medieval Europe
Medieval Environmental History: Nature in the Premodern West
Undergraduate Research and Writing Capstone Seminar
Historiographies of the Body
European Historiography Seminar
Graduate Research and Writing Capstone Seminar
2016-present: Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, programming committee
2013-present: Hagiography Society, Program Chair
2012-present: Peer Review for Oxford University Press, Routledge, Dynamis,Philological
Quarterly, Journal of Religious History, Medieval Low Countries, The Mediaeval
Journal, Ons geestelijk erf
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:
2018: Organizer: “Economies of Sanctity” Renaissance Society of America, March 22-24
2017: Organizer: “Recentering Sacred Biography: Hagiography as a Category of Analysis for
Comparative Sanctities” American Academy of Religion, Boston, November 18-21.
2017: Organizer: “Sacred Biography Across Confession and Continents,” Sixteenth Century
Studies and Conference, Milwaukee, October 26-29.
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: “Challenging Boundaries: The Uses of Religious Sources in Medieval Medical
History: Papers in Honor of Ann Carmichael,” American Association for the History of Medicine, Nashville, May 4-7
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: 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.
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
(University of Tennessee)
2018-present: Member, Steering Committee for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program
2017-present: co-founder of University of Tennessee Medical Humanities Working Group
2017-present: Marco Graduate Committee, University of Tennessee
(University of Louisiana)
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
(University of Louisiana)
2016-2017t: 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 2010.
2011-2017: Board of Directors of Faith House of Acadiana, a shelter for
women and children, Board Member, 2010-present; Vice President, 2011-2014; President 2014-2016
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,
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
American Academy of Religion
2014: Biology 110, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Professor Sherry Krayesky
2013: Advanced Medieval Manuscripts, Rare Book School, Beinecke Library, Professor Barbara
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.