MA University of Edinburgh 1990; AM, Ph. D. Harvard University 1992, 1998
At Colgate since 2001; before then I was a lecturer on history and literature, Harvard University 1998-2001, and visiting lecturer in history, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2001; in fall 2005 I spent a semester as a visiting assistant professor at Harvard.
Medieval European history: I teach a variety of courses including introductory courses on medieval Europe and on the Crusades, as well as an introductory course on modern Britain; 300-level courses on medieval Italy and on late medieval England; and a seminar. I also teach Core Western Traditions. I will be leading the London History Study Group in spring 2009.
Medieval European history, especially England in the eleventh and twelfth centuries; the intersection of legal and cultural history; power and oppression
i) In Progress: William Longbeard's Long Beard: Crusading Rhetoric, the Apocalypse and the Politics of the Poor in Medieval England. ii) In Print: Bridges, Law and Power in Medieval England, 700-1400 (Boydell and Brewer, 2006) (more information is here.
"Introduction" (co-authored with Robert Berkhofer and Adam Kosto) in The Experience of Power in Medieval Europe, 950-1350, ed. Robert Berkhofer, Alan Cooper and Adam Kosto (Ashgate, 2005), pp. 1-7 (more information here). "Protestations of Ignorance in Domesday Book" in Experience of Power, ed. Berkhofer, Cooper and Kosto, pp. 169-81. "The Rise and Fall of the Anglo-Saxon Law of the Highway," Haskins Society Journal 12 (2002), 39-69 (Bethell Prize Winner). "Extraordinary Privilege: The Trial of Penenden Heath and the Domesday Inquest," English Historical Review 116 (2001), 1167-92. "'The Feet of those that bark shall be cut off': Timorous Historians and the Personality of Henry I," Anglo-Norman Studies 23 (2000), 47-67. "The King's Four Highways: Legal Fiction meets Fictional Law," Journal of Medieval History 26 (2000), 351-70. Reviews in Speculum and Medieval Review (online journal).
"Obligation and Jurisdiction: Roads and Bridges in Medieval England (c. 700–1300)" (Harvard University, 1998).