I specialize in later medieval history, with a focus on the intersections of medicine,
law, and religion in the Mediterranean. My recent work explores medical education
at the University of Bologna from the thirteenth to the sixteenth centuries, with
an eye to both the wider intellectual milieu of the medical curriculum and the specific
influence exerted on it by the civic context of the students and professors of medicine
in Bologna. I have a background in ancient history, which is also one of my teaching
fields. I am also interested in the mentoring of women and women’s support networks
in academia and have presented at several conferences on this topic.
World History to 1000
Alexander the Great: Greece to the Middle Ages
Ancient Near East and Egypt
Access and Diversity Professional Development Grant, UTC
Bernadotte E. Schmitt Research Grant, American Historical Association
Union Pacific Research Travel Grant, University of Minnesota Center for Early Modern
“From Data Beast to Beast of Burden: A Case Study of Learning Outcomes in Faculty-Led
Assessment as a Tool for Undergraduate History Curriculum Design,” (co-authored with
Sara Jorgensen and Susan Eckelmann), The Tuning Project special issue, The History Teacher 49:4 (2016), 587-606.
“Making Right Practice? Regulating Surgery and Medicine in Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-Century
Bologna,” in Medicine and Law in the Middle Ages, ed. Wendy J. Turner and Sarah M. Butler (Leiden: Brill, 2014), 177-195.
Healers in the Making: Physicians and Medical Education in Medieval Bologna (manuscript in preparation)
Conference & Presentation Highlights
Invited talk: “Educating Physicians: The Requisites of a Good Doctor in Western Medieval
Thought,” presented at the 25th Anniversary Conference Teaching and Learning in the
Global Middle Ages, at the Center for Medieval Studies, University of Minnesota; Nov.
“Political Profs: the Medical Faculty of Late Medieval Bologna,” presented at the
48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI; May 9-12, 2013.
Organized panel entitled “The Body as Sign and Symbol in Medieval Italy," with paper
“Temperament Made Manifest: Reading the Face in Late Medieval Medicine,” at the New
College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Sarasota, FL; March 8-11,