Education

  • Ph.D. University of Virginia
  • M.A.L.S. Georgetown University
  • B.A. Yale University

Areas of Expertise

  • Architectural History
  • Medieval Architecture & Art
  • Sacred Space

Background

I am an architectural historian who specializes in the architecture and culture of the medieval English church. I hold a B.A. in Religious Studies with Theater Studies from Yale University, M.A.L.S. in Medieval and Early Modern European Studies from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in Art and Architectural History from the University of Virginia. While researching my doctoral dissertation on the round-naved churches of twelfth-century England, I served as the Samuel H. Kress Institutional Fellow at the Warburg Institute in London.

I am currently revising my doctoral dissertation for publication and I have begun my second book-length project on shared spaces within the medieval English church. Both projects provide entry points into the world of the local, medieval church and define architecturally-based methods for writing history with everyone in it. I have taught courses in the history of medieval, modern, and contemporary architecture and design, as well as surveys of art and architecture.

In both my research and in my teaching, I am motivated by the question of experience: What was it like to build or use a particular building at a particular time? Whether investigating medieval cathedrals or mid-century modern homes, I encourage students to consider each building within its full cultural, political, and landscape contexts. In the process, I want students to think deeply about why a structure was created, who created it, how it was used, and, if it was altered, why. By understanding selected buildings through the perspectives of the designer, craftsperson, daily user or curious visitor, my students can begin to articulate the multiple meanings inherent in the structures which we study.