My classes focus on cultural exchange and production, medieval religion in all its permutations, economic activity, and daily life. I am also an active participant in the Honors program. Students interested in majoring in pre-modern European History or minoring in Medieval and Renaissance Studies should consider taking HIST 275 - Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Europe, which is taught every year, as early as possible in their academic career.
I specialize in medieval Venetian history. My publications, both in process and published, are grounded in questions about the relationship between this merchant republic and the larger world of intellectual and mercantile exchange in which Venetians took part. I write about the many ways in which Venetians made sense of changing conditions both within their city and the larger world through a constantly evolving process of narrative mythmaking. It is these narratives, both visual and textual, to which I am especially drawn.
Stolen Relics and Contested Memory: Venice and the Hagiographies of the Fourth Crusade. Monograph. Under Review.
“Paul the Martyr and Venetian Memories of the Fourth Crusade.” Remembering the Crusades. Eds. Nicholas Paul and Suzanne Yeager. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012. Pp. 215-233.
“The Translatio Symonensis and the Seven Thieves: A Venetian Fourth Crusade Furta Sacra Narrative and the Looting of Constantinople.” The Fourth Crusade: Event, Aftermath, and Perceptions. Ed. Thomas Madden. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Press, 2008. Pp. 89-112.
I'm married and have two kids who take up most of my free time. My other interests include acoustic guitar and bass, songwriting (Bluegrass, Irish, Americana), Venetian cuisine, and the Red Sox.