Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2012

Dual M.A., University of Denver, 2004

A.B., University of Chicago, 1997


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 1400

Medieval Europe

The Mediterranean World, c. 500-1850

Magic and Medicine in the Mediterranean

Alexander the Great: Greece to the Middle Ages

Ancient Rome

Ancient Greece

Ancient Near East and Egypt


Faculty Pre-Tenure Enhancement Program (PREP) Grant, UTC

Ruth S. Holmberg Grant for Faculty Excellence, UTC

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

Healers in the Making: Students, Physicians, and Medical Education in Medieval Bologna (1250-1550), The Medieval Mediterranean series (Leiden: Brill, 2021).

For the Benefit of Students: Memory and Anatomical Learning in the Fourteenth to Early Sixteenth Centuries” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 75:2 (2020), 135–150.

“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.

Conference & Presentation Highlights

“The Changing Face of Wickedness: Affect and Complexion in Manfredi’s Il Perche,” 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI; May 9-12, 2019

“Bodies of Knowledge: Spaces, Places, and Power in Medieval Anatomical Education,” poster presentation, UTC ReSEARCH Dialogues; Chattanooga, TN; April 9, 2019

“Occult Diagnosis: Physiognomy and the Medical Academy,” 53nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI; May 11-14, 2018.

“More than the Sum of Your Parts: Medicine and Magic in Late Medieval Italy,” keynote lecture for The Snell Lecture Series; Lee University, Cleveland, TN; Nov. 2, 2017.

“Writing to Work, Working to Write: Women, Collaboration, and Community,” round-table discussant, The 17th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders and Sexualities, Hofstra University, NY; June 1-4, 2017

“The Propriety of Practical Medicine,” the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI; May 11-14, 2017

“Blurring Lines: Medieval Anatomy and the Intersection of Disciplines,” round-table discussant, Magic, Science, and Medicine in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean Colloquium, Mediterranean Seminar, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, Collegeville, MN; November 11-12, 2016

“To See What’s on the Slab: Access and Regulation of Anatomical Dissections at the University of Bologna,” Southeastern Medieval Association conference, Knoxville, TN; October 6-8, 2016

“Tuning the Curriculum,” presented at the Southeastern World History Association conference; Chattanooga, TN, April 1-2, 2016

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.


Medieval Academy of America

American Association for the History of Medicine

American Historical Association

Southeastern Medieval Association

Societas Magica