History: Broadly, I am interested in investigating social and cultural history. I am interested in the intersecting and liminal spaces between culture (both high and common) and the lived experience of an era. I believe that cultural artifacts such as literature, visual arts, philosophy, magical thinking, myth, folklore, clothing, jewelry, etc. in addition to the more empirical and fact-based primary sources are the keys to understanding a time and place.

Currently my research interests include:

Early Modern Europe

  • Recusant Catholic and dissenting women (Mary Ward, etc.)
  • Global Catholicism
  • Jesuit missions
  • Recusancy
  • Recusant literature (see, The Recusant Print Network Project)
  • Children and Childhoods
  • Masculinity
  • Family structures
  • Social and cultural aspects of the English Civil War

Additionally, unofficially, I’m intereted in

  • Social movements and uprisings in the Habsburg Empire
  • Cultural movements between the World Wars
  • Radicalism in Weimar Germany
  • Prague Spring
  • The Global 1968
  • Central European art and radicalism
  • Central Europe in the IWW as represented in art and literature

As an undergraduate at the University of Maryland I focused the majority of my education on studying Modern British History and British Empire. My main areas of interests were gender and sexuality, class relationships, and culture broadly defined both within the Empire and in Britain. My education culminated with an independent study working with Dr. Richard Price on the social and political connectivity between the Irish and Indian nationalist movements in the 20th century. This work addressed the nature of both colonies and the involvement of the Irish in the building of Empire and as an example of a nation of rebellion. As a graduate student at Simmons College, worked with Dr. Katherine Wisser on a study of Mechanics’ Institutes in Britain and New England and their role as a promoter of social order and patriarchy. I  presented this research at the Library History Seminar XIII in Boston, MA July 2015 and it will be published in the monograph Libraries: Traditions and Innovations: Papers from the Library History Seminar XIII edited by Katherine Wisser and Melanie Kimball in early 2017.