I read English at the University Warwick (2011-2015) before moving to Wolfson College Oxford in 2016 for an MSt in Medieval English Literature and subsequently a DPhil in Old English and Latin literature. I completed my DPhil, titled England and the Continent in Ælfric's 'Lives of Saints' in 2021, under the supervision of Dr. Francis Leneghan and Dr. Siân Grønlie. I am currently a stipendiary lecturer at Exeter College, Worcester College, and St Edmund Hall. I am also the Communications Officer for Oxford Medieval Studies.
My research interests include Old English and Medieval Latin literature, hagiography (narratives about the lives and deaths of saints), representations of the world in Early Medieval English Literature, Early Medieval travel, the Global Middle Ages, medieval translation, and the English Benedictine Reform.
My doctoral thesis examined the representation of Europa in Ælfric’s Lives of Saints, a collection of Old English hagiography dating from the late tenth-century that focuses predominantly on European saints. This thesis argues that Ælfric of Eynsham deliberately adapted information from continental Latin sources in order to emphasise ideals of community, co-operation and collective identity to English audiences in his Lives of Saints, the most stylistically and narratively accomplished collection of hagiography composed in Early Medieval England. Moreover, it examines, for the first time, the Lives as a unified collection whose individual items comprise one thematic and didactic whole. Although the Lives of Saints is composed in Old English and was intended to educate English audiences, its sanctorale consists primarily of Frankish, Italian and Spanish saints rather than English ones, thus providing unique insight into the ways that Europe was represented in late tenth-century English literature.
I am currently working on the depiction of the wider world in the Old English Martyrology, and on Early Medieval English travel outside of Europe.
I have taught a wide range of literature, from Beowulf to Milton. I have lectured on Ælfric's Lives of Saints, Old English Hagiography, and Gender in Old English Literature. In 2021-22 I am teaching Prelims Paper 2 (early medieval literature c. 650–1350) at Exeter College, Worcester College, St Edmund Hall, and Lincoln College; Old English Grammar at St John's College; and Course II Paper 2 (Old English Literature) at Worcester College.
I am also a mentor for MSt/ MPhil/ DPhil students in the English Faculty and MSt students on the Humanities interdisciplinary Medieval MSt.
“Rome Away from Rome: India, Rome and England in Ælfric’s Life of Saint Thomas” in Ideas of the World in Early Medieval English Literature, edited by Kazutomo Karasawa, Francis Leneghan, and Mark Atherton. Turnhout: Brepols University Press, forthcoming.