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Résumé/Curriculum Vitae: 

While completing my B.A. at Winona State University I first became fascinated by the challenges of medieval studies, culminating in a senior thesis on the political aspects of the papacy of Innocent III.  This fascination was further developed as I worked on a M.A. at the University of St. Thomas (MN), concluding with a master’s essay on Frederick Barbarossa under the direction of Dr. David Foote.  I further refined my research interests and skills at Villanova University, where I also had the pleasure of serving as a graduate editor for the journal Concept.  I have presented papers on Innocent III, Frederick Barbarossa, and the development of the Roman imperial office.  Now a Ph.D. student under the direction of Michael E. Moore, I am conducting research on early medieval Rome, the papacy, and structures of power and authority in Carolingian Europe. 

Outside of academia, I have studied the Japanese martial arts for twenty years and maintain an abiding interest in cooking, the study of wine, and books of all manners.

Selected Awards:

Graduate Student Services Award, Villanova University College of Arts and Sciences (2012).

Travel Grant, Department of History and School of Graduate Studies, Villanova University (2012).

Travel/Research Grant, Department of Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas (2010).