I am a historian of early modern Iberia with a research focus on religious cultures and the social and legal histories of fifteenth- to seventeenth-century Castile. I’m currently revising my book manuscript, The Morisco Problem and the Politics of Conversion in Early Modern Spain.


I earned my PhD in History (2016) at the University of Toronto. My doctoral thesis, “The Morisco Problem and the politics of belonging in sixteenth-century Valladolid” was supervised by Dr. Mark Meyerson with committee members Dr. E. Natalie Rothman and Dr. Kenneth Mills. I have an M.A. in History from the University of Toronto and a B.A. in History and English from the University of New Brunswick.


Refereed journal articles

Litigating for Liberty: enslaved Morisco children in sixteenth-century Valladolid,” Renaissance Quarterly 70, no.4 (Winter 2017): 1282-1320.

Book chapters

“Assessing Non-conformity during the Expulsion of the Moriscos,” in The Conversos and Moriscos in Late Medieval Spain and Beyond, Volume 4: Morisco Non-Conformism, ed. Kevin Ingram. Brill, forthcoming 2019.

“In Defense of Community: Morisca Women in Sixteenth-Century Valladolid,” in Women and Community in medieval and early modern Iberia, eds. Michelle Armstrong-Partida, Alexandra Guerson, and Dana Wessell Lightfoot, University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming 2020.


Review of This Happened in My Presence: Moriscos, Old Christians, and the Spanish Inquisition in the Town of Deza, 1569–1611Patrick J. O’Banion, ed. and trans. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017), Renaissance Quarterly71, no. 2 (Summer 2018): 725-726.

Book review of Mercedes García-Arenal & Fernando Rodriguez Mediano, Un Oriente español. Los moriscos y el Sacromonte en tiempos de Contrarreforma (2010) Mélanges de la Casa de Velázquez, Nouvelle série, 44 (1), 2014, en ligne, xxi-xxiii.

“Untying the Knot,” a review of A History of Marriage by Elizabeth Abbott (2010), Literary Review of Canada Online.

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    I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Early Modern Conversions project for 2016-2018.

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