My research focuses on theological discourse in the medieval schools, traditionally called scholastic theology. In addition to publishing books and essays, I am also a text editor. I have edited small sermons and theological tractates and I have just completed a new edition of the Norman Anonymous (with Tomas O'Sullivan). I have returned to editing the Super Psalterium of Robert Grosseteste.
Grosseteste's commentary on the Psalter is the last major work from his days as an Oxford Master that has yet to be edited. It is a massive work (at least 200,000 words in length) and its textual history is somewhat complicated. Six manuscript witnesses survive, as well as excerpts found in two fifteenth-century texts. Grosseteste was a well-respected theologian and exegete. His commentary reveals a rich understanding of thirteenth-century Christology, ecclesiology and pastoral theology. He also made extensive use of Greek patristic sources that had not yet been translated into Latin. I plan to produce a digital edition since that medium will be the best means to represent the complexities of this text.
Connected to my traditional research is my work in digital humanities. I have led a research team who have developed a digital tool that permits users to transcribe digitized manuscript pages. That transcription tool underwent further development thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Presidential Research Fund of Saint Louis University. This grant allowed the Center for Digital Theology to perfect the line parsing algorithm that permits the tool to isolate and identify each line on each page. This laid the basis for a large grant from the Mellon Foundation to develop the tool further, and it is now called T-PEN. We've created a video that introduces some of the basic features of the tool:
I have also directed development teams who have built 3DRT models of historic sites that have religious value.