Research

My research interests include medieval history, Tudor/early modern history, women’s and gender history, cultural history, and public history.

I am currently writing my dissertation on cultural and gendered understandings of the body in the Middle Ages. I have presented this research at several conferences, including the International Congress on Medieval Studies (2018, 2019, 2020), the National Women’s Studies Association Conference (2019), the Southeastern Medieval Association Conference (2016), the Medieval and Renaissance Material Culture Conference (2015), and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference (2015).

Bodleian Library MS Douce 45, fol. 50r. Photo taken by Lacey Bonar Hull

I have been lucky enough to have earned funding to conduct research at several archives and libraries, including the British Library, the Bodleian Library, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Wellcome Collection, the London Metropolitan Archives, and Lambeth Palace Library.

I am also passionate about making history accessible to non-specialists, which I aim to do through public engagement. I completed a 3-month internship with the Institute of Historical Research in London, England where I worked on the Layers of London digital history project. I am also the creator and curator of the public history Twitter project @hstry_with_cats.

In addition to these public history projects, I also write popular history for non-specialists. One popular history project I am currently working on is a joint-biography of Mary Tudor Brandon – the favorite sister of King Henry VIII – and her husband, Charles Brandon – the king’s closest friend. You can find out more about this project by listening to this podcast episode I recorded with the Talking Tudors podcast.

The Brandon Wedding Portrait. Artist unknown. Collection of the Earl of Yarborough.