Personal Biography

II was awarded my BA in English and Medieval Studies (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts in 2011. Shortly after, I earned the MPhil in English (Distinction) from St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford in 2013. I then moved to King’s College London, where I was awarded my PhD in Palaeography and Manuscript Studies in 2017. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher on the ERC-funded project ‘A Consolidated Library of Anglo-Saxon Poetry’ (CLASP) based in the English Faculty. Within the context of the project, my research focuses on identifying those manuscripts that contain Anglo-Latin poetry (that is, Latin poetry produced either in early medieval England or by Anglo-Saxons abroad c. 650-1100), creating new transcriptions of the poems, and analysing the poems for their poetic functions. I also currently serve as a Senior Pro-Proctor of the University. 

Research and Teaching

  • Insular Palaeography & Manuscript Culture (especially early medieval Brittany, Cornwall, England, and Wales and the adoption of Caroline minuscule)
  • Manuscript Transmission, Dissemination, and Reception of Anglo-Latin Poetry
  • Cross-Cultural Literary and Scribal Connections between Wessex, Brittany, and Francia

I am primarily interested in the morphology of the Insular script system, especially those scribes who adopt Caroline minuscule within their pre-existing scribal tradition, and what historical questions this palaeographical evidence can lead to. Within the scope of the CLASP project, my research concerns the identification and analysis of Anglo-Latin poetry. In particular, I research the manuscript witnesses of Anglo-Latin poetry and their wider transmission, dissemination and reception, especially via the Continent.

I have taught palaeography at King's College London, The Warburg Institute, and Oxford University.

Publications

'Standardization Through Hybridization: The Morphology of Nascent English Caroline', in 'Change' in Medieval and Renaissance Scripts and Manuscripts: Proceedings of the 19th Colloquium of the Comité international de paléographie latine (Berlin, 16-18 September, 2015), ed. by Eef Overgaauw and Martin Schubert (Turnhout: Brepols, 2019).

'Palaeography and Manuscript Studies', Brill Handbook of Medieval Latin Liturgy, ed. by Andrew Irving and Daniel DiCenso (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2020).

'A Palaeographic Reconsideration of the ‘Hand D’ Corpus' (forthcoming).

'The Textual Tradition of Aldhelm’s Carmen de Virginitate' (forthcoming).

'A New Specimen of Welsh Caroline' (forthcoming).