I’m a medieval and early modern historian, digital humanist, and educator. My research focuses on questions of power and identity in late medieval Ireland. I use a variety of methodologies to explore how Gaelic Irish lords constructed individual and dynastic identities and established their legitimacy in a highly contested environment. In the bigger picture, my research looks at how people develop strategies of negotiation that transcend categories of difference. I am a research assistant professor in the IRIS Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where I collaborate with faculty, students, and community members on digital humanities research and pedagogy.


PhD, Medieval History, Saint Louis University (2020)

MA, History, Saint Louis University (2015)

BA, History and Religion, Hastings College (2013)

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