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. New College, 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.
Senior theses supervised (20). Sample titles: “The Role of Law in Edward I’s Conquests of Wales and Scotland, 1277–1307” (Caitlyn Miller, 2006); “Rex Perpetuus Norwegiae: Kingship and Conversion in Eleventh-Century Norway” (Danielle Fasig, 2011); “Republicanism and Governmental Stability in Renaissance Venice, 1300–1600” (Michael McGurl, 2013); “Translating Tristan: Reconsidering Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century Translations of the Tristan and Isolde Story” (Holly McArthur, 2014); “Mysticism in Medici Florence: A Ghettoized Jew Meets a Catholic Medici” (Jess Zimmerman, 2016); ”Digitizing New College’s Manuscripts” (Adelle Singer, 2017).
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.
Teaching Associate and Course Reader, UCLA, 1999–2003. History of the Roman Republic (753–44 BCE); History of the Roman Empire (44 BCE–CE 330); History of Western Civilization (800–1750); and Urban History in Europe (800–1750).
Jacopo da Varagine's Chronicle of the History of Genoa, editor and translator (book under contract with Manchester University Press, to be published in the Manchester Medieval Sources series in 2018).
A Companion to Medieval Genoa, general editor (book forthcoming from Brill in 2017; I am contributing the introduction and one chapter as well as organizing and editing the volume as a whole)
SPQR: The Branding of Rome, AD 600–1600 (book project: I have completed the research for four of five chapters, and have two chapters in draft).
“Landscape and History in Jacopo da Varagine’s History of Genoa” (article in progress).
“Reframing the Roman ‘Free Commune’: Municipal Autonomy and Regional Relations in Trecento Rome” (article in progress).
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.
Dennis Romano, Markets and Marketplaces in Medieval Italy, c. 1100–c. 1440 (Yale, 2015), for the English Historical Review (in press).
Gregory Smith and Jan Gadeyne, Perspectives on Public Space in Rome, from Antiquity to the Present Day (Ashgate, 2013), for The Medieval Review (TMR 14.05.14), 27 May 2014.
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.
I am also a regular reviewer for Choice magazine, especially on topics relating to the city of Rome.
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 and 2010–16.
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
“Leo X, the Roman Commune, and Ownership of the Classical Past.” Early Modern Rome 3, University of California, Rome, 5–7 October 2017.
“Habitatores civitatum: Landscape and History in Jacopo da Varagine’s History of Genoa.” 2015 Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association, Little Rock, AR, 23 October 2015.
“Civic Advice from an Archbishop: Jacopo da Varagine’s History of Genoa.” The 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 15 May 2015.
Chair, respondent, and commentator for "Civic Foundation Legends in Italian Art," a series of three panels sponsored by the Italian Art Society. The 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 15 May 2015.
“SPQR: The Branding of Rome.” Invited presentation for the University of Southern California-Huntington Library Seminar on the Premodern Mediterranean, Los Angeles, CA, 2 March 2015.
“Ubi enim senatus? Assessing the Roman Senate in the Early Middle Ages.” The 19th Biennial New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Sarasota, FL, 6 March 2014.
“Reframing the Roman ‘Free Commune’: Municipal Autonomy and Regional Relations in Trecento Rome.” The 88th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, Knoxville, TN, 6 April 2013.
“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.
Technical Competence: ArcGIS; Adobe Creative Suite; numerous web design, presentation, and blogging platforms; digital preservation and archival systems and practices. Professional editing and copyediting experience.
Service to the Profession: 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 2018).
Editor, The Medieval Review (2011–present).
Series Editor, Artes liberales: Interdisciplinary Studies of the Middle Ages, Manchester University Press, 2013–present.
Member, History Tuning Project, American Historical Association, 2011–14.
Participant in several networking & mentorship programs (such as the Medieval Academy’s Graduate Student Mentorsip Program at Kalamazoo and Leeds), 2008–present.
Manuscript Reviewer for Viator, Studies in Medieval & Renaissance History, Renaissance Quarterly, Choice, and Longman. 2005–present.
Evaluating Committee for NEH Collaborative Research Program. 2013–14.
Evaluating Committee for NEH Summer Stipends in Classical & Medieval Studies. 2009–10.
Steering and Program Committees, Florida MedievaList. 2005–present.
Comitatus Editorial Board. Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA. 2000–4.
Service to the University: Board of Directors, New College Child Center, 2014–present (President, 2015–present).
Webmaster, New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies (2006–present) and NCUFF, the NCF faculty union (2008–present).
Writing Advisory Committee. 2016–17.
Provost's Advisory Committee on Tenure & Promotion, 2012–14 (Co-chair, 2013–14).
Educational Policy Committee, 2009–11 (co-chair, 2010–11).Student Academic Status Committee, 2006–8 (chair, 2007–8).
Educational Technology Services Steering Committee, 2004–6.
Library Committee Graduate Representative, UCLA Academic Senate. 2003–4.
Fellows’ Representative, American Academy in Rome. 2008–9.
Service to the Community: Board of Directors, New College Child Center, 2014–present (President, 2015–present).New College Community Conduct Board. 2010–present.
Lecturer for local community groups, including the Italian Cultural Society, Plymouth Harbor (a senior residence community), St Boniface Church, Church of the Redeemer, and Key Chorale. 2006–present.
Fellows’ Representative, American Academy in Rome. 2008–9.
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