My interest in Medieval Studies lies primarily in examining the medieval Church, and medieval churchmen’s understandings of Jews, Muslims, and those the Church deemed heretical. I was first introduced to this area of inquiry at Pomona College, where I studied History and Late Antique-Medieval Studies. After graduating in 2016 I was fortunate enough to spend a year at UCLA, during which I studied Post-Classical Latin and German with the support of a Mellon grant.
During my year at Oxford I would like to continue work on an ongoing project focusing on the writings of Pope Innocent III (1198-1216) and his constructions of heretics, Jews, and Muslims. Although I expect to devote most of my research to Innocent and his letters, while at Oxford I also hope to expand upon my interests in the late antique and medieval genres of hagiography and Latin Christian epic, as well as the intersections of medieval theology and medieval theories of the human body.
When not frantically trying to remember the principal parts of Latin verbs, I enjoy stepping out of the academic bubble by rafting, baking, and knitting.
I would not be able to pursue an MSt in Medieval Studies at Oxford without the support of the Ertegun Scholarship. I am profoundly thankful for the generosity of Mica and Ahmet Ertegun, and their commitment to expanding access to the humanities. What a gift!