While completing my B.A. at Winona State University I first became fascinated by the challenges of medieval studies, culminating in a senior thesis on the political aspects of the papacy of Innocent III. This fascination was further developed as I worked on a M.A. at the University of St. Thomas (MN), concluding with a master’s essay on Frederick Barbarossa under the direction of Dr. David Foote. I further refined my research interests and skills at Villanova University, where I also had the pleasure of serving as a graduate editor for the journal Concept. I have presented papers on Innocent III, Frederick Barbarossa, and the development of the Roman imperial office. Now a Ph.D. student under the direction of Michael E. Moore, I am conducting research on early medieval Rome, the papacy, and structures of power and authority in Carolingian Europe.
Outside of academia, I have studied the Japanese martial arts for twenty years and maintain an abiding interest in cooking, the study of wine, and books of all manners.
Graduate Student Services Award, Villanova University College of Arts and Sciences (2012).
Travel Grant, Department of History and School of Graduate Studies, Villanova University (2012).
Travel/Research Grant, Department of Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas (2010).