Education

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2012

Dual M.A., University of Denver, 2004

A.B., University of Chicago, 1997

 

Research

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.

 

Courses

World History to 1000

Medieval Europe

Mediterranean

Alexander the Great: Greece to the Middle Ages

Black Death

Ancient Near East and Egypt

Ancient Greece

Ancient Rome

 

Awards

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 History

 

Publication Highlights

“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. 8-9, 2013.

“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, 2012.

 

Affiliations

Medieval Academy of America

American Association for the History of Medicine

American Historical Association