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’m also writing an article about “Possessing Papers and Converting Status 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

“In defense of community: Morisca women in sixteenth-century Valladolid,” forthcoming in Women and Community in medieval and early modern Iberia, University of Nebraska Press, 2018.


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.


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

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

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