About me:

I am a Ph.D. student in early modern and medieval history and librarian at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Ph.D: Medieval and Early Modern Dissenting Religious Communities

Broadly, I am interested in early modern dissenting religious communities and the mythography and transmittal of religious medievalisms. Specifically, I am investigating elements of early modern Waldensians, their connections outside of the Piedmont valley, and development of martyrdom and primitive church identities. As a result, I am interested in understanding social and cultural constructs within the Waldensian communities, aspects of the contextual history of emotions, as well as confessional and political aspects impacting the development of myth. Additionally, I am interested in exploring digital humanities as a way to illuminate elements of history. For a recent example of this, please see my Recusant Print Network Project site and please see recent conference papers in my CV for more discussion on this topic.

Librarian: Anthropology, Psychology, and Special Populations Librarian

My research as a librarian follows two specific paths: Critical librarianship and aspects of the history of libraries, publishing, and information. There is significant overlap between these two areas as I approach the history of libraries with a critical and socially focused approach. For an example please see my chapter titled “‘Improve the Moment’: Mechanics’ Institutes and the Culture of Improvement in the Nineteenth-Century” in Kimball and Wisser, Libraries: Traditions & Innovations, Papers from the Library History Seminar XIIIand my recent article “Bourdieu’s First Year,” in the Journal of New Librarianship. For additional publications please see my CV.

Image: “Massacre of the Waldensians of Mérindol in 1545″ by Gustave Dore (1832-1883). Public Domain

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