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'.
The Statutes of Pamiers (1212): A Translation,
in Kill Them All : Cathars and Carnage in the Albigensian Crusade.
The History Press
ISBN 9780750984317Full Text UEA Repository
Simon of Montfort and the Statutes of Pamiers,Full Text
Warrior Churchmen of Medieval England, 1000–1250: Theory and Reality, by Craig M Nakashian,
in Journal of Military History
Simon V of Montfort and Baronial Government, 1195-1218,
Oxford University Press
ISBN 9780198805137Full Text UEA Repository
What France Means to Me,
in Image and Imagination : Essays and Reviews.
Cambridge University Press
(Other chapter contribution)
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 teach the third-year undergraduate modules 'The Crusades' (usually in the autumn) and 'Apostles of Satan?: Heretics and Heresy' (beginning spring 2019).
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)