PhD in Medieval History. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2004.
Dissertation: “Roman Foundations: Constructing Civic Identity in Late Medieval Italy.”
Committee: Richard Rouse, chair (medieval history);
Geoffrey Symcox (early modern and urban history);
Ronald Mellor (ancient history);
Carole Newlands and Brent Vine (classical and medieval Latin).
Qualifying exams passed with distinction, Summer 2001.
MA in Medieval History. UCLA, 2000.
Postgraduate study. Oxford University, Oxford, UK, 1996–7. Completed first year of two-year MPhil in late medieval English, along with research in art history, palaeography, and late medieval Italian history (see Harlech Scholarship, below).
AB magna cum laude. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1996. Concentration: Medieval History and Literature, specializing in late medieval England and Italy. Thesis co-sponsors Jan Ziolkowski and Jennifer Lee Carrell.
Academic Employment & Teaching Experience
Associate Professor of Medieval & Renaissance History, New College of Florida. 2010–present.
Assistant Professor of Medieval & Renaissance History, New College of Florida. 2004–10.
Instructor, “1066 & All That: The Norman Conquest of England.” Duke University TIP (Talent Identification Program) Scholar Weekends, 2005, 2008, and 2010.
Lecturer and Tour Manager, Art and Architecture of Renaissance Tuscany. National Trust for Historic Preservation, 22 June–4 July 2002. Acted as group leader in central Tuscany and Umbria; coordinated tour details and gave illustrated lectures throughout.
Teaching Associate, UCLA, 2000–01 and 2002–03. Taught two to three sections per quarter; collaborated with professor on exams and essay questions; led review sessions; advised students; graded essays and exams; gave lectures at professor’s invitation. Courses included History of the Roman Republic (753–44 BCE); History of the Roman Empire (44 BCE–CE 330); and History of Western Civilization (800–1750).
Course Reader, UCLA, Spring 1999 and 2003. Gave review sessions, advised students, and graded papers and exams for course Urban History in Europe (800–1750).
SPQR: The Branding of Rome, AD 600–1600 (working title of current book project: research for four of five chapters completed, with two chapters in draft).
Urban Legends: Civic Identity & the Classical Past in Northern Italy, 1250–1350 (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2011).
“Noble and Most Ancient: Catalogues of City Foundation in Fourteenth-Century Italy,” in Medieval Manuscripts, Their Makers and Users: A Special Issue of Viator in Honor of Richard and Mary Rouse (Turnhout: Brepols, 2011).
“Whose SPQR? Sovereignty and Semiotics in Medieval Rome.” Speculum 84 (2009), 874–904.
“Many Januses in Search of Unity: Defining Civic Identity in Genoa, 1257–1312.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History, 3rd Series, 6 (2009), 53–92.
"Mapping a Roman Legend: The House of Cola di Rienzo from Piranesi to Baedeker." Italian Culture 26 (2008), 53–83.
“Debunking the Dinosaur Myth: A Case for Palaeography and the Undergraduate Curriculum.” Medieval Academy News 158 (Fall 2007), 10.
“The Appearance and Spread of the E-Cedilla.” Manuscripta 43/44 (1999–2000), 1–43.
“Cola di Rienzo and the Lex Regia.” Viator 30 (1999), 231–52.
William Robins, ed., Textual Cultures of Medieval Italy (University of Toronto Press, 2011), for The Medieval Review (TMR), 26 June 2012.
“Beyond Commune and Commerce: Recent Publications in Medieval Urbanism.” Invited review essay, The Journal of Urban History 38 (May 2012), 610-16.
Conor Kostick, ed., Medieval Italy, Medieval and Early Modern Women: Essays in Honor of Christine Meek (Four Courts Press, 2010), for The Medieval Review (TMR), 11 February 2010.
David M. D’Andrea, Civic Christianity in Renaissance Italy: The Hospital of Treviso, 1400-1530 (Univ. of Rochester Press, 2007), for The Medieval Review (TMR), 17 March 2008.
The Cambridge Companion to Giotto, ed. Anne Derbes and Mark Sandona (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004), in Comitatus 34 (2004), 194–5.
Amanda Collins, Greater than Emperor: Cola di Rienzo (ca. 1313-1354) and the World of Fourteenth-Century Rome (Univ. of Michigan Press, 2002), in Comitatus 34 (2004), 203–4.
Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy, 2008–9.
Pontifical Institute of Mediæval Studies Visiting Fellowship, Toronto, Ontario, Fall 2007.
Visiting Fellowship (Faculty Exchange), New College, Oxford, Summer 2007.
New College Faculty Development Stipend. Summers 2005–8, 2010, and 2012.
NEH Summer Stipend, 2006.
NEH Summer Seminar on St. Francis of Assisi, 2005: cancelled due to director’s illness.
Meyer and Renée Luskin Dissertation Prize, June 2004 (presented annually for the best UCLA history dissertation; chosen out of a pool of 38 in 2004).
UCLA Graduate Division Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2003–4.
UCLA Chancellor’s Fellowship, 1999–2004.
American Academy in Rome Visiting Scholarship, Fall 2001.
Mellon Foundation Robert F. Goheen Prize in Classical Studies, 2001.
Beverly Walsh Research Scholarship, 2001.
UCLA Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship, Summer 2000.
UCLA Department of History Summer Language Grant, Summer 1999.
Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, 1998–9.
Harlech Scholarship to New College, Oxford (a one-year scholarship as a non-degree graduate student), 1996–7.
Phi Beta Kappa and Ford Foundation Research Fellowships, Summer 1995.
Selected Conference Papers & Presentations
“Popes and Republicans: Municipal Politics and the Classical Past in Fifteenth-Century Rome.” 57th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Montreal, Quebec, 26 March 2011.
“The Papacy, the Commune, and the Struggle for SPQR in Fifteenth-Century Rome.” 125th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Boston, MA, 8 January 2011.
“The SPQR and the Reassertion of Papal Rule in Renaissance Rome .” The 17th Biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Sarasota, Florida, 11 March 2010.
“L’idea di Roma tra medioevo e rinascimento.” Invited lecture for Roma nel Rinascimento, Istituto storico italiano per il medio evo (ISIME), Rome, Italy, 18 June 2009.
“Adopting a New Aeneas: Civic Identity in Perugia, 1255–1301.” The 84th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, Chicago, Illinois, 27 March 2009.
“SPQR Transformed: Art, Politics, and the Roman Commune, 1150–1400.” The 16th Biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Sarasota, Florida, 7 March 2008.
“Whose SPQR? Sovereignty and Semiotics in Medieval Rome.” Invited lectures for the Centre des études classiques, Université de Montreal, Quebec, 27 November 2007; and the Pontifical Institute of Mediæval Studies, Toronto, Ontario, 7 December 2007.
“Ancient and Most Noble: Tracking Italian Civic Foundation Lists.” Invited paper for Medieval Manuscripts: Their Makers and Users: A Conference in Honor of Richard and Mary Rouse, Los Angeles, California, 6 October 2007.
“Romulus and Remus, Revisited: Civic Identity in Late Medieval Siena.” The 14th Annual International Medieval Congress (Medieval Cities), Leeds, UK, 10 July 2007.
“Are You Sure This Isn’t About Dinosaurs? A Case for Palaeography in the Undergraduate Curriculum.” The Medieval Academy of America CARA Meeting, Peterborough, Ontario, 22 September 2006.
“Ad publicam utilitatem: Broadening the Communal Audience for the Classics in Late Medieval Italy.” Invited paper for Urban Witness: Languages of the Medieval Italian Commune, London, UK, 7 July 2006.
“Piranesi and the House of Cola di Rienzo.” The 15th Biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Sarasota, Florida, 9 March 2006.
Panelist for “Reflections on the First Year on the Job; or, What I Wish I Had Known While Still in Graduate School.” Roundtable discussion sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America’s Graduate Students’ Committee at the 40th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 7 May 2005.
“Giovanni Villani and the Late Medieval SPQR.” The 80th annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, Miami Beach, Florida, 31 March 2005.
“Roman Foundations: Constructing Civic Identity in Late Medieval Italy.” The California Medieval History Seminar at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California, 28 February 2004.
“The Dukes of Burgundy and the Evolution of the Princely Library in the Fifteenth Century.” The 29th Annual St. Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, St. Louis, Missouri, 11 October 2002.
Other Professional Experience
Languages: Advanced Latin and Italian. Functional German and French. Basic Spanish.
Academic Service: Committee Co-Chair and Webmaster for the Biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2005–present (next conference to be held in March 2012).
Editor, The Medieval Review (2011–present).
Reviewer for Viator, Studies in Medieval & Renaissance History, Renaissance Quarterly, Choice, and Longman. 2005–present.
Steering and Program Committees, Florida MedievaList. 2005–present.
New College Educational Policy Committee, 2009–11 (co-chair, 2010–11).
Evaluating Committee for NEH Summer Stipends in Classical & Medieval Studies. 2009–10.
Fellows’ Representative, American Academy in Rome. 2008–9.
New College Student Academic Status Committee Chair. 2006–8.
New College Educational Technology Services Steering Committee, 2004–6.
Library Committee Graduate Representative, UCLA Academic Senate. 2003–4.
Graduate Awards Committee, UCLA History Department. 2002–4.
Comitatus Editorial Board. Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA. 2000–4.
Other Professional Experience:
Assistant Editor. Scheduling and Publications, Office of the Registrar, Harvard University. Served as assistant editor of annual university course catalogue, biannual supplement, and visitor’s guide to lecture courses; also assigned rooms for classes and events. 1997–8.
Choir Secretary. Harvard University Choir, The Memorial Church, Cambridge, MA. Handled all music; maintained payroll databases; organized recruiting, trips, concerts, and publicity; liaised with university officials on policy matters. 1995–6.
Technical Experience: Copyeditor. Professional copyediting (proofreading, content and style editing, marking-up for typesetting) for journals and individuals. 2000–4.
Computer Technician. AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ. Ran system backups; fixed hardware and software problems, and reconfigured faulty wiring and cables. Ran statistical analysis of black-hole optical mirroring data. 1990–2.
American Academy in Rome (fellow)
American Historical Association
APICES (Association Paléographique Internationale: Culture, Écriture, Société)
Florida MedievaList (co-founder)
International Society of the Classical Tradition
Medieval Academy of America
Renaissance Society of America