I am an Assistant Professor of English at Saint Anselm College and a Junior Fellow in the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography. I hold a Ph.D. in Celtic Languages and Literatures with a concentration in Medieval Studies from Harvard University. Prior to my appointment at Saint Anselm College, I was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis at Stanford University.
A medievalist by training, I am particularly interested in the traffic of manuscripts, texts, and ideologies through the English/Welsh borderlands. I am dedicated to raising the profile of Welsh language and literatures within the humanities and to bringing a multilingual, transnational perspective to the study of medieval British literature.
My current book project, Literatures of Memory and Conflict: Reimagining the Past on the Anglo-Welsh Frontier, examines how families in the Welsh borderlands leveraged political power by drawing on ancestral Welsh connections in newly-commissioned family histories. In doing so, they shaped the transmission networks that drew Welsh texts into England.
I am also working on “Networks of Scribes in Western Britain,” creating data visualizations of manuscript transmission using scribal networks of Cistercian and Augustinian monasteries in Wales and the March. Other recent projects include the co-founding of IONA: Islands of the North Atlantic, which seeks radical new methods and materials for the study of north Atlantic archipelagos, and the Welsh Chronicles Research Group, dedicated to generating fresh interest and new editions for the study of medieval Welsh chronicles.
Originally from Albany, California, I hold a B.A. in English and Celtic Studies from UC Berkeley and an M.Phil. in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic from the University of Cambridge, Trinity College.