I am the founding Director of the Digital Arts & Humanities program, Assistant Director for Digital Humanities of the Humanities Center and Lecturer in History at Carleton College. In this position, I coordinate the Digital Arts & Humanities minor; teach courses in history, archaeology, and digital humanities; and work with students, faculty and staff to build a robust Digital Humanities program that fosters both digital scholarship and pedagogy on campus.
I am an early medieval historian by training, with an interdisciplinary research agenda encompassing religious history, material culture, archaeology and the digital humanities. My current book project, “Listening to the Early Medieval Dead: Religious Practices in England, c.400-900 CE,” comes out of my doctoral dissertation, which I completed at Boston College in 2012. I leverage archaeological evidence (like bones, brooches, and buckets) and cutting-edge GIS mapping and 3D modelling techniques to rewrite the history of the Anglo-Saxon conversion as a complex story of locally-negotiated, lived religious practices.
Prior to coming to Carleton, I taught in the history department at the University of Minnesota, where I have been a Research Affiliate and member of the Digital Premodern Workshop with the Center for Premodern Studies. I am also Treasurer of the Haskins Society, which currently holds its annual conference at the University of Richmond each November.
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