I research the social and technological transformations which followed the end of Roman rule in southeast Britain, during the years 400-700 CE. I use both written and archaeological sources, and I am particularly curious about how new methods of craftsmanship created new kinds of experiences, identities, and communities in Early Middle England.

My dissertation studies how a new military technology—the iron spear—shaped new social relations in the post-Roman landscape of Early Medieval Britain. It is titled, ‘Enslaving Iron: The Spear in Early Anglo-Saxon England.’

Publications

‘Spearheads of whose settlements? Recycled iron and new identities in post-Roman Britain,’ in J. Harland, M. Friedrich, and N. Gunn (eds.), Interrogating the ‘Germanic’: A category and its use in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (forthcoming).

‘Encounters with iron: An archaeometallurgical reassessment of early Anglo-Saxon spearheads and knives,’ Archaeological Journal 173 no. 2 (2016), 206-244.

Grants & Felowships

External

  • CLIR Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources, 2015-16
  • Medieval Settlement Research Group, ‘Maurice Beresford Memorial Bursary,’ 2016 (declined)
  • Medieval Academy of America, ‘Helen Maud Cam Dissertation Grant,’ 2014
  • Historical Metallurgy Society, ‘R.F. Tylecote Memorial Fund,’ 2014 (declined)
  • Lyminge Archaeological Project, Student Bursary, 2014
  • Lilly Graduate Fellows Program, Lilly Graduate Fellowship, 2010-13

University of Florida (selected)

  • Graduate School Doctoral Research Travel Award, 2015
  • Research Fellowship, Dept. History, 2015
  • Rothman Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, 2014
  • History Graduate Society research travel award, 2014
  • Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 2013-14
  • Alumni Fellowship, 2010-11

Conference Presentations

  • ‘Transgression, transgender, or feminine power? Women with weapons in early Anglo-Saxon England,’ International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI), May 11-14, 2017.
  • ‘Portable landscapes? The selective use of recycled iron in early Anglo-Saxon England,’ The Past in the Past: Heirlooms and Curated Materials in Past Societies, Durham University (Durham, UK), May 21, 2016.
  • ‘Spearheads of the Anglo-Saxon settlements? Recycled iron and the rejection of a paradigm in ruins,’ Interrogating the ‘Germanic’: A category and its use in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, University of York (York, UK), May 13-15, 2016.
  • ‘A magical solution for a materials problem: smiths, spears, and iron in Anglo-Saxon England,’ Being Medieval, conference of the Society for Medieval Archaeology, UCLAN (Preston, UK), December 4-6, 2015.
  • ‘Women and Weapons in Anglo-Saxon England,’ Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages, University of St. Andrews (St. Andrews, Scotland), May 7-9, 2015.
  • ‘Spears, smiths, and iron in Anglo-Saxon England,’ EMASS, University of Oxford (Oxford, UK), April 24-26, 2015.
  • ‘‘Its edge is hardened by blood:’ Spears, smiths, and iron in ‘Anglo-Saxon’ England,’ Conference on Medieval Archaeology, SUNY Cortland (Cortland, NY), October 18, 2014.
  • ‘Unchaining the dead: Reconsidering the ‘Anglo-Saxon’ weapon burial rite,’ Vagantes Medieval Graduate Student Conference, University of Texas (Austin, TX), March 22, 2014.
  • ‘’Seldom will the death-spear rest’: Object Agency in Anglo-Saxon Weapon Graves,’ Conference on Medieval Archaeology, SUNY Cortland (Cortland, NY), October 5, 2013.
  • ‘Putting the Dead in their Place: ‘Pagan’ Landscapes, Execution Burials, and the Writing of History in Anglo-Saxon England,’ American Society of Church History Winter Meeting (New Orleans, LA), Jan 3-6, 2013.
  • ‘Guarding the Dead: Constructing Social Memory in West Heslerton Grave 164,’ International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI), May 10-13, 2012.
  • ‘Casualties of a Theory: Court Literature, Nobility, and the ‘Civilizing Process,’’ Medieval & Renaissance Forum, Plymouth State University, April 24-25, 2009.