I am an Anglo-Saxonist and historian of early medieval western Europe, with a focus on later Anglo-Saxon England (c. 871-1066). Originally from Thomasville, North Carolina, I earned my BA in History and Medieval & Renaissance Studies (2008) and MA in European History (2012) at East Carolina University, where my MA thesis was on 'The Role of Royal Power in the Formation of an Anglo-Saxon State, circa 400-900 AD.' Following my MA, I worked for three years with ECU's Italy Intensives study abroad program, based in Certaldo, Tuscany, where I taught world history and served as the academic coordinator, student life and social media coordinator, and scholarship committee chair.
My PhD research was on masculinity and kingship in later Anglo-Saxon England, and particularly in the long tenth-century. My dissertation, defended in December 2018, is entitled '"In a Father's Place": Anglo-Saxon Kingship and Masculinity in the Long Tenth Century." My work is interdisciplinary, and I am interested in drawing on source materials from history, literature, religion, gender theory, sociology, and archaeology.