I received my PhD in History in 1996 and my MA in History in 1990, both from the University of Toronto, where I also held a graduate fellowship (1994-96) and a post-graduate fellowship (1996-99) at the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies. My undergraduate degree is a dual BA in History and Medieval Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara (1988).
I started teaching in Laurier’s History Department in 1997 and was granted tenure in 2008.
Since March 2023 I have held a senior fellowship as Status-Only Faculty at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto.
My research field is late medieval and early renaissance intellectual and ecclesiastical history, focusing on Latin florilegia (collections of quotations), early Italian humanism, Latin translations of Greek patristic texts, conciliar sermons (especially eulogies) and ecclesiastical politics, rhetorical theory and practice as it relates to the construction of self and delimitation of audience, pastoral reform in response to heresy, scribal agency in manuscript traditions and editorial agency in early print traditions. I am also involved in the growing field known as digital humanities, especially the publication of Open Access critical editions of historical texts.
Since 2003, I have employed over 25 Laurier undergraduate and graduate students as research assistants on my various digital humanities projects for patristic and medieval Latin literature. Three of these RAs were MA students in the Tri-University History program (Laurier, University of Waterloo and University of Guelph) who wrote their thesis or major research paper under my supervision on some aspect of the medieval florilegium that they helped me edit and publish online.
I am interested in supervising MA students working in central and late medieval history (12th-16th centuries), especially intellectual and/or ecclesiastical history involving Latin literature.