I am a historian of the Middle Ages (mostly the thirteenth century) with particular interests in the history of the crusades, history and memory, histories of violence, and medieval cultural and social history. My current research is funded by the Australian Research Council from 2016-2019 and concerns ideas of atrocity in medieval crusading warfare, particularly during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. I’m also completing a monograph entitled Remembrance Projects: War and Memory at the time of the Fifth Crusade as well as editing a collection of essays entitled Remembering Crusades and Crusading, which will be published by Routledge in 2016. Another ARC-funded project I’m completing explores places of war memory in medieval and early modern England and Scotland (with Associate Prof. Dolly MacKinnon at the University of Queensland). I’ve published on medieval concepts of space and place, the history of medieval imprisonment, medieval refugees, and other aspects of social and cultural history, and I’m an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.
In 2016 I’ll be teaching a new third-year unit, From the Fall of Rome to the Millennium: the world of the early Middle Ages, in first semester. In second semester I’ll be teaching a new honours unit on Histories of Place and Space.
I’m supervising and co-supervising a wonderful bunch of honours, MA and PhD students, working on topics including gender and ambition in 15th-century England; gender and punishment in late medieval London; heresy and inquisition in thirteenth-century Languedoc; Hildegard of Bingen’s medical treatises; Scandinavian pilgrimage to Rome and the Holy Land in the high Middle Ages; constructions of authority in early medieval Britain and Ireland; heresy and witchcraft in 16th-century England. I’m very happy to talk to students interested in pursuing honours and postgraduate study in medieval history.
In 2016 I am Head of the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies.