My interests lie in the formation, articulation and reception of medieval religious thought, taking an holistic view of the ‘theologian’ as one who prays as well as one who thinks. In particular, my research has focused upon the cult of the Virgin Mary within the monasteries of medieval Britain, and I have published on the devotional writings of a thirteenth-century Cistercian abbot, Stephen of Sawley. Recently, I have been thinking about the continued relevance of medieval ideas of justice and forgiveness, working with colleagues in Social Theology and Ritual Studies to offer theological responses to Restorative Justice.
I grew up in Northumberland, in the shadow of early and medieval Christianity, embodied in the humble stones of Cuthbert’s Lindisfarne and the soaring heights of Durham Cathedral, where his relics found a final resting place in the twelfth century. I read Theology at Oxford (BTh, 2010) and Durham (MA, 2012), before returning to Oxford for a doctoral studentship with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK. I have been an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK, since 2014.
My role in College
As a tutor, I work with students on a range of papers in medieval British and European history, and Christian life and thought, as well as providing academic and pastoral support in the capacity of Assistant Dean.
As Development Officer, I keep our wide and diverse community in-touch with the work of the College through events and communications, and work with colleagues in Finance and Operations to secure the future of the College through fundraising. At present, as we seek to recruit a new Director of Development and Alumni Relations, I am also the main point of contact for alumni and friends.
“Art is the signature of man.” G. K. Chesterton
Articles and Research Papers
- ‘A Non-Retributive understanding of Satisfaction for Restorative Justice’, Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture (February 2018)
- ‘Restorative Justice and Anthropology: Reframing the Narrative of Victimhood’, Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture (January 2018)
- ‘Co-Passion of Charity: Twelfth-Century Love Language and Mary’s Experience of Calvary’, Senior Research Seminar, Regent’s Park College, Oxford (June 2017)
- ‘Affectivity before Anselm: The Evidence of Anglo-Saxon Illuminated Manuscripts’, Art and Articulation, Annual Conference of the Mystical Theology Network (January 2016)
- ‘Stephen of Sawley’s Meditations on Our Lady’s Joys and the Medieval History of the Rosary’, Cistercian Studies Quarterly 50.4 (2015), pp. 424-39
- ‘Maria, gratia plena: vision, convergence and controversy’, Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary USA, Misericordia University, PA (August 2015)
- ‘Object of the Soul’s Desire: Anselm’s Prayer to Christ’, International Medieval Congress, Leeds (July 2014)