Ph.D. Candidate, Loyola University Chicago, expected completion 2014
Major Field: Early Modern English History Minor Field: Modern European History
Dissertation Title: "Brandy Nan and Farmer George -- Constitutional Monarchy and Public Perceptions of Health"
MA, University of Chicago, 2007
Major Field: Medieval History Minor Field: Museum Studies
MA Thesis Title: "Casualty Movements of the Twelfth-Century Crusades: Observations into the Values of Medieval Military Commanders"
BA, Western Illinois University, 2006
Major: History Minor: Psychology
Honors Thesis Title: "Siege Engineers and Siege Crews, 1090-1400 CE"
Summa Cum Laude
My research interests focus on the intersection of the court, the public sphere, and ideas about the body and health in Early Modern England. Other areas of research include communication networks in the Atlantic World, British newspapers and periodicals, medieval military-sociology, medieval and early modern military history, and disease legislation in Early Modern Europe.
Arthur J. Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship, Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation, 2013-2014
Advanced Doctoral Fellowship, Loyola University Chicago, 2012-2013
Pre-Doctoral Teaching Scholar, Loyola University Chicago, 2011-2012
Graduate Assistantship, Loyola University Chicago, 2007-2010
Thomas S. Morgan Memorial Scholarship, Phi Alpha Theta, 2006
"A Prince, Print, and Privacy in Eighteenth-Century England." Paper presented at the Midwest Conference on British Studies. Chicago, IL, October 11-13, 2013.
"King George III: Opposed, Indisposed, and Exposed." Paper presented at the Sixth Annual Interdisciplinary Research Symposium. Chicago, IL, April 20, 2013.
"Plague, Parliament, and People: Comparing the Responses of London and the Provinces to the Plague Scare of 1720-1723." Paper presented at the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies. Seattle, WA, March 11-13, 2011.
"Royal Physicians as Gatekeepers of Information: A Study of the Courts of Queen Anne and King George III." Paper presented at the Midwest Conference on British Studies, Cleveland, OH. October 8-10, 2010.
"Disease Legislation and Social Issues: The English Plague Scare in the 18th Century." Paper presented at the Sixth Annual Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Conference. April 23-24, 2010.
"Royal Physicians as Gatekeepers of Information: A Study of the Courts of Queen Anne and King George III." Paper presented at the Newberry Library's Center for Renaissance Studies 28th Annual Graduate Student Conference. Chicago, IL, January 21-23, 2010.
"Trebuchet: A Medieval Marvel." Paper presented at the Purdue University Calumet 14th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference. Hammond, IN, April 21-22, 2006.
"Sociology and Siege Crews." Paper presented at the Eastern Illinois University Honors Research Day. Charleston, IL, March 18, 2006.