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    I am a theologian and medieval church historian working on various aspects of early-Franciscan mystical theology, most notably its development, distinctive nature, and reception. I am particularly interested in Angela of Foligno, but also have experience working on Francis and Clare of Assisi and Bonaventure.

    In 2019 I completed a PhD thesis concerning the distinctive nature of the mystical theology of the early Franciscans. While a doctoral student I worked as a tutor for the second-year undergraduate module ‘The Early and Mediaeval Church: History, Beliefs, and Practices.’ In the 2019-2020 academic year I worked as a temporary lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at York St John University, independently designing and running a second-year undergraduate module on ‘Mysticism in World Religions.’ I am currently affiliated to the School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews, through which I work for the Cusanus Society of UK and Ireland.



    Academic Qualifications:

    PhD, University of St Andrews, Divinity (Theology and Ecclesiastical History), 2016-2019.

    MSt, University of Oxford (Oriel College), Theology (Ecclesiastical History), 2015-2016.

    MA, University of St Andrews, Theological Studies, 2011-2015.

    Teaching Qualifications:

    Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (through York St John), 2019-2020.


    Articles and Chapters:

    ‘Kenotic Christology and Annihilation in Clare of Assisi and Angela of Foligno.’ In ‘Growing in the Height of Love’: New Essays on Medieval Mystical Women in the West. Edited by John Arblaster. Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming.
    ‘Pourquoi Les Reliques De Saint André De Fife N’Attirèrent Jamais Autant De PèLerins Que Celles De Saint Jacques à Compostelle?’ Compostelle: Cahiers du Centre d’Étude, de Recherches et d’Histoire Compostellanes 19 (2016): 10-28.

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    ‘Monastic dissemination of mystical illumination: Bonaventure’s practical advice offered to Franciscan sisters at San Damiano and Longchamp based on his Itinerarium Mentis in Deum.’ Mysticism & Lived Experience Network Inaugural Webinar, July 2020.

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