I grew up in Pennsylvania before attending and graduating from the Virginia Military Institute. I then earned my D.Phil. at Hertford College, Oxford. I now live in Norwich with my wife and daughter.
I am currently pursuing a three-year Leverhulme-funded project entitled 'Crusading Diaspora: French Baronial Government in the Mediterranean, 1204-1287'.
Simon V of Montfort and Baronial Government, 1195-1218,
Oxford University Press
ISBN 9780198805137Full Text UEA Repository
Duty and Desertion: Simon of Montfort and the Fourth Crusade,
in Leidschrift. Historisch Tijdschrift
pp. 75-88UEA Repository
Key Research Interests
I am interested in baronial government in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and in exploring the ways in which barons imagined and implemented concepts of public good. My research focusses particularly on the intersection of barons and aspirational Christian movements, such as the Cistercians or the crusades.
I currently teach the first-year 'Introduction to Medieval History' module, and will be teaching the third-year 'Crusades' module in the spring. Beginning next year, I will be teaching the upper-level 'Apostles of Satan?' module on medieval heresy.
I cannot supervise doctoral theses, but I am very happy to assist with masters dissertations on a range of subjects including medieval barons, crusades, and heresy.
External Activities and Indicators of Esteem
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Member of the Heterodox Academy
External associate member of the Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale
Rhodes Scholar (Virginia and Hertford 2009)