As a medievalist and church historian, I examine vernacular religious texts which explore meaning-making and serve as windows into religious culture and history. I completed graduate work at The Catholic University of America (PhD, 2017), where I studied the history of Christian spirituality and medieval English literature.
My main area of research and teaching is the history of spirituality in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, focusing on Old English literature and religious thought. My current research for a monograph under contract with Wipf and Stock Publishers/Pickwick Publications examines Alfred the Great’s educational reform as spiritual formation and the pursuit of wisdom in early medieval England. I am currently serving as Adjunct Associate Professor of Medieval Studies and Church History at Wesley Theological Seminary.
Courses Developed and Taught: As adjunct Assoc. Professor of Medieval Studies and Church History at Wesley Theological Seminary, I have developed and taught courses on the history of Christian spirituality from 2017 to 2021:
- Patterns of Spirituality in Early & Medieval Christianity (online)
- Meaning, Suffering, and Spirituality (online and face-to-face)
- Women in Early & Medieval Christianity (online)
- Readings in the Christian Tradition: Julian of Norwich (online)
- Leadership & Discernment in the Early Church: Gregory the Great’s Pastoral Care (online)
- “Worlds Apart: The Medieval Cosmology of Bernardus Silvestris and the Religious Imagination of C.S. Lewis.” International Society for the Study of Medievalism (St. Catharine’s, ON), 2018
- “Then I Prayed to that Tree: Old English Verse as Vernacular Prayer.” Biennial International Conference of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality (Kappel, Switzerland), 2017
- “There Would be a Greater Wisdom in the Land: Alfred the Great as Sapiential Theologian.” Alfredian Texts and Contexts Session, International Congress of Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, Michigan), 2013
- “Pagan Heroes on a Christian Stage: Religious Interlace in Beowulf.” Medieval & Byzantine Studies Conference, The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC), 2010
- “The Word Made Flesh: Christ as Sign [Language] of God in Deaf Theology.” Religion and Disability Studies Group, American Association of Religion Annual Meeting (Montreal, QC), 2010
- Beowulf by All (lines 2371-2385), ed. Elaine Treharne and Jean Abbot (2018) https://texttechnologies.stanford.edu/publications/beowulf-all
- Review of Church History: An Introduction to Research Methods and Resources (Second edition), by James E. Bradley and Richard A. Muller. In Theological Librarianship 11, no. 1 (2018): 55–57. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31046/tl.v11i1.504
- Review of Julian’s Gospel: Illuminating the Life and Revelations of Julian of Norwich, by Veronica Mary Rolf. In Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality 15, no. 2 (Fall 2015): 260–62
- Review of Using e-Books and e-Readers for Adult Learning: With a Focus on Adult Literacy by Sandie Gay and Tina Richardson. Reflective Teaching [Teaching Theology & Religion Book Reviews], 2015
Affiliations & Memberships:
- International Society for the Study of Medievalism (ISSM, a non-membership organization), 2018–current
- International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England (ISSEME), 2011–current
- Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, 2006–2021.
For more information:
- A full CV is available upon request.