I am a historian of cross-cultural exchanges in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages. My doctoral research revisited the history of the seventh-century papacy through the perspective of its networks. Although this period is frequently seen as when the unity of Christendom fractured, by considering together admirers of Rome from both the post-Roman West and the Eastern Roman Empire, I argue that we can trace how echoes of Greek disputes were passed westwards by these transnational pro-papal networks. My current and forthcoming publications therefore focus on the influence of eastern ideas on Latin authors, particularly Gregory of Tours and the Venerable Bede, and argue for a more interconnected Christendom at the end of late antiquity.

My postdoctoral project, beginning in October 2019 and funded by the Irish Research Council, examines mobility in the Merovingian kingdoms and places the well-known monastic and ecclesiastical movements of this period within a larger history of late-antique ascetic migrations. I will also continue to explore other aspects of mobility in the sixth and seventh centuries in a number of planned publications, including studies on exchanges across the Roman-Persian frontier and the post-Roman reception of eastern ‘heresies’.


2015–2019: PhD in History, University of Manchester.

Thesis: ‘Ecclesiastical Networks and the Papacy at the End of Late Antiquity, c. 550–700’.

2014–2015: MSt in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, University of Oxford.

2011–2014: BA in History, University of Oxford.


Journal articles:

‘Bede, the Papacy, and the Emperors of Constantinople’, English Historical Review (forthcoming).

‘Justin under Justinian: The Rise of Emperor Justin II (565–578) Revisited’, Dumbarton Oaks Papers (forthcoming).

‘The Merovingian Kingdoms and the Monothelete Controversy’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History 71.2 (2020), pp. 235–52.

Book chapters:

‘A Tale of Two Exiles: Maximus the Confessor and Wilfrid of York at the End of Late Antiquity’, in D. Rohmann, J. Ulrich, and M. Vallejo Girvés (eds.), Mobility and Exile at the End of Antiquity, Early Christianity in the Context of Antiquity, vol. 19 (Berlin: Peter Lang, 2018), pp. 285–99.

”Never had there been such happy times’: Byzantine Rome and the Making of the Anglo-Saxon Church, c. 640–680′, in K. Stewart and J. Wakeley (eds.), Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Byzantine World, c. 300–1500 A.D.: Selected Papers from the XVII Oxford University Byzantine Society’s International Graduate Conference, Byzantine and Neohellenic Studies, vol. 14 (Bern: Peter Lang, 2016), pp. 85–99.

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