I study the intersections between medieval literature and law. My doctoral research, Law as Literature in the Vernacular Codes of Anglo-Saxon England, traces the development of vernacular legal language through medieval Europe. By beginning in medieval England and expanding out to Scandinavia, and beyond, I examine the spread of specific legal language throughout law codes and literature.

My journal articles and translations have appeared in international publications, including Scandinavica: An International Journal of Scandinavian Studies, Asahi Shimbun, Alchemy: Journal of Translation, and Audeamus. In 2019, I was awarded the Association of British Science Writers’ top blog award for my work on Researchers in Museums.

I am currently a Visiting Researcher at London’s Lambeth Palace Library, where I am examining the creation and transmission of medieval manuscripts. I curated the exhibition, “Writing the Law: Lambeth’s Legal Manuscript Collection,” which ran from June-September, 2019.

Education

Ph.D. English Language & Literature (expected 2020)

University College London

Dissertation: “Law as Literature in the Vernacular Codes of Anglo-Saxon England”

M.A. Medieval and Renaissance History (2016)

University College London

Dissertation (Distinction): “Armoured in Prayer: Loricae in Anglo-Saxon England and Iceland”

B.A. English. Minor in Medieval Studies (2013)

University of California, Berkeley

Thesis (Honors): “A Virgin Forespeca: Mary as Advocate in the Old English Advent Lyrics.”