Curriculum Vitae


Columbia University, New York, NY

Ph.D. expected May 2022


M.Phil May 2018

Fields: Medieval Mediterranean, Pre-Modern Science, Material Culture, Modern Islam

M.A. May 2017

                    Thesis: “Nearly Gold and Nearly Perfect?: The Cathedral Doors of Monreale”

Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

M.A. May 2015


Fields: Medieval Mediterranean, Medieval Islam

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Special Student and Student Researcher, 2012/2013 year

Carleton College, Northfield, MN

B.A. June 2012

Major: History

       Concentrations: Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Archaeology

Grants and Fellowships

International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Social Sciences Research Council (2018).

Huntington Fellowship, Huntington Library (2018).

Ahmanson Research Fellowship, UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2018).

Barbara Rootenberg Library Research Fellowship, UCLA (2018).

GSAS Conference Travel Grant, Columbia University Department of History (Summer 2017).

Pre-Dissertation Research Grant, Columbia University Department of History (Summer 2016).

Stigler Grant for Archaeology, Columbia University Department of Anthropology (Summer 1016).

Brebner Travel Fund, Columbia University Department of History (Fall 2015 and Summer 2017).

Richard Hofstadter Fellow, Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2015-2020).


Best Graduate Student Paper, Medieval Academy of America (Annual Meeting 2018).

Denis Bethell Prize, The Haskins Society (2017).

Distinction in Comprehensive Oral Examination, Boston College Department of History (May 2015).

Magna Cum Laude, Carleton College (May 2012).

Distinction in Major, Carleton College (May 2012).

Distinction in Senior Integrative Exercise, Carleton College (April 2012).

Research Interests

The medieval Mediterranean world: Norman Sicily, the Levant, Ifriqiya; cross-cultural interaction and exchange between Christians and Muslims; medicine and disease; Arabic-Latin translation movement; history of science; Archaeology and Material Culture; and Economic History.


Research: Medieval Latin, Classical Arabic, Classical and Medieval Greek

Modern: French, German, Italian, Modern Standard Arabic, Japanese

Professional Societies

 Medieval Academy of America (Since 2015)

Haskins Society (Since 2017)


“Nearly Gold and Nearly Perfect: Meaning and Materiality of Copper-alloy in the Doors of Monreale Duomo” (May 2017).

Quare Eva Prius Cecidit: Female monasticism in Hildegard of Bingen’s Causae et Curae” (December 2016).

“Evidence of Historical Diseases in the Bones of the Skull: A study in interdisciplinary methods” (May 2016).

“Why the Mediterranean?” (April 2016).

“Galen and Hunayn: Didactic Translation in Ninth-Century Baghdad” (December 2015).

“An Embriachi Altarpiece: Bone as a Devotional Material” (December 2015).

“The Cultural Fluidity of Constantine the African: Religious conversion and medical translation in eleventh-century Italy” (May 2015).

“The Lion, the Camel, and the Palm:  The Mantle of Roger II and Siculo-Norman Relations with the Islamicate Mediterranean” (December 2013).

“’There is no contagion, there is no evil portent’: Arabic Responses to Plague and Contagion in the Fourteenth Century” (March 2012).

“The Cappella Palatina and the Culture of Sicily under Roger II” (April 2011).                                           

Conferences and Presentations

Presenter, 93rd Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, Atlanta, GA (March 2018).

Presenter, 36th International Conference of the Haskins Society, Durham, NC (November 2017).

Presenter and Panel Organizer, The Normans in the South: Mediterranean Meetings in the Central Middle Ages, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, UK (June-July 2017).

Guest Lecturer, Columbia University, New York, NY (October 2016).

Presenter, 34th International Conference of the Haskins Society, Northfield, MN (November 2015).

Presenter, 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2015).

Guest Lecturer, Carleton College, Northfield, MN (November 2014).

Guest Lecturer, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MN (March 2014).

Presenter, 1st Harvard-Yale Graduate Medieval Conference (January 2013).

Published Work and Workshops Attended

“Nearly Gold and Nearly Perfect: Meaning and Materiality of Copper-alloy in Norman Sicily”, Haskins Society Journal 30 [Forthcoming].

“Annotation: Sang de dragon”, Author, Pamela Smith, ed., Making and Knowing Project, Columbia University (May 2016).

Participant, Paleoclimate-dendroclimatology Workshop, Princeton (September 2015).

Participant, Islamic Manuscripts and Early Qur’ans Course with Dr. Francois Deroche, Princeton, NJ (June 2014).

“Byzantine and Arabic Coins Database” (February 2013) and “Medieval Shipwrecks Database” (July 2012), Researcher and Co-author with Dr. Michael McCormick and Ece Turnator, Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilization, Harvard University.

“Regarding a Meiji-Era Map”, Carleton College Special Collections, Northfield, MN (July 2010).


      Teaching Assistant, Columbia University

Immigrant New York, Rebecca Kobrin (Spring 2018)

History of the Modern Middle East, Rashid Khalidi (Fall 2017)

Romans and their Empire, Nathan Pilkington (Spring 2017)

Laws of War in the Middle Ages (Fall 2016)

      Teaching Assistant, Boston College

Globalization I & II (2013-2015)

      Teaching Intern, SCOPE Program (Northfield Middle School)

Eighth Grade History Teacher (2011-2012)

      Writing Consultant, Carleton College

Course-Specific Consultant, History and Anthropology (2009-2012)

Training Consultant, Northfield High School Writing Center (2010-2012)

ESL Tutor (2009-2010, 2011-2012)

Writing Center Marketing Manager (2010-2011)

Individual Tutor (2009-2012)

     Peer Tutor, The Dalton School

Individual Tutor, History and English (2007-2008)

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