I am currently a postdoctoral researcher on Dr Jacopo Bisagni’s Ireland and Carolingian Brittany IRC Laureate project, working on biblical exegesis in early medieval Brittany.


Previous to this I held a two-year IRC postdoctoral fellowship (2017–2019), under the mentorship of Dr Anthony Harvey at the Dictionary of Medieval Latin for Celtic Sources, RIA, Dublin. My project was ‘Intertextuality in early medieval exegesis: the composition and reception of the commentary on Exodus in In Pentateuchum Commentarii’. It employed a detailed textual and intertextual investigation of this text to investigate three aspects of it that have a wider significance to the field of early medieval studies:
• the manipulation and adaptation of Late Antique and patristic sources by early medieval authors seeking to communicate with new readers in new cultural contexts.
• the reception of early medieval compositions and their exegesis in a wide range of literary genres.
• the role of Irish scholar-authors in this dynamic literary tradition.

My completed my PhD in Classics at NUI Galway (2017), supervised by Professor Michael Clarke. My thesis was entitled ‘Conceptualisations of the sea in early medieval Hiberno-Latin and Latinate literature: studies in intertextuality and innovation’. My research consisted of case studies that explore the interrelation between Irish, Insular and continental texts in the seventh to the ninth centuries through the thematic focus of the sea and its varied range of literary conceptualisations.


PhD Classics (2017), National University of Ireland Galway (‘Conceptualisations of the sea in early medieval Hiberno-Latin and Latinate literature: studies in intertextuality and innovation’)

MA Medieval Studies (2008), National University of Ireland Galway


(2019) ‘In Pentateuchum commentarii on the Red Sea crossing: content, composition, and coherence’, The Journal of Medieval Latin, 29, pp. 21–58.

(2013–2014) ‘Hisperic Enigma machine: sea creatures and sources in the Hisperica famina’, Peritia, 24/25, pp. 58–72.

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