Title(s): Professor of European History
Coordinator of History & Political Science
Department: Social Science, History & Education
President, SUNY Ulster Faculty Association
President, Medica: The Society for the Study of Healing in the Middle Ages
B.A. Gonzaga University
M.A. Washington State University
Book manuscript: The Virtue of Stones: A Natural History of Lapidary Medicine from the Ancient World to the Present, the first natural history of the practice of lapidary medicine from the ancient Near East to the modern day. Work in Progress.
“The Protection of Innocents: Red Coral as a Lapidary Cure for the ‘Children’s Disease’ and Conditions Related to Childbirth in Medieval and Early Modern England,” in Death and Disease in the Medieval and Early Modern World, eds., Lori Jones & Nükhet Varlik (York Medieval Press, 2022).
"Loadstones are a Girl’s Best Friend: Lapidary Cures, Midwives, and Manuals of Popular Healing in Medieval and Early Modern England," in The Sacred and the Secular in Medieval Healing: Sites, Objects, and Texts (AVISTA Studies in the History of Medieval Technology, Science and Art), eds. Barbara S. Bowers, Linda Migl Keyser (New York: Routledge, 2016)
The Idea of Lapidary Medicine: Its Circulation and Practical Applications in Medieval and Early Modern England, 1000-1750 (PhD diss., Rutgers University, 2009)
“The Virtues of Stones: Lapidary Medicine and the Treatment of Disease in Medieval and Early Modern England,” Invited lecture, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Medieval Studies and Renaissance Program, Fall 2022.
“Saints, Stones and Secrets: The Rebranding of Medieval Lapidary Knowledge for Early Modern Audiences,” at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK (remote), Summer 2022.
“Shop of Wonders: Apothecaries and Globalization in the Medieval Pharmacopoeia.” Paper at the Paper presented at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, Spring 2022
“Fertility and Faithlessness: Medieval Aphrodisiacs Repurposed as Treatments for Venereal Diseases in Early Modern England.” Paper presented at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, - Spring 2022
“Lapidary Medicine in Medieval and Early Modern England.” Invited lecture Rutgers. - Spring 2020
“Mineral Pharmacology within the Medical Marketplace of Early Modern England.” Invited lecture for the Beaumont Club, Yale School of Medicine. - Fall 2019
“Lapidary Medicine and the Treatment of Disease in Medieval and Early Modern England.” Paper presented at the 92nd annual meeting of the American Association of the History of Medicine, Columbus, OH. -Spring 2019
“Hildegard’s Heterodoxy: sources and the application of lapidary knowledge in Physica.” Paper presented as part of a Medica sponsored panel on women authors at the 54th Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI. -Spring 2019
“Stones, Saints & Friars: The Popular Transmission of Classical Pharmacology via Mendicant Texts.” Paper Presented at the 52nd Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI. - Spring 2017
"Early Modern Medical Consumerism and the ‘Secret’ Lapidary of Nicholas Culpeper." Paper presented at the annual meeting for the American Association for the History of Medicine, Minneapolis, MN, 2016
“Popular Medical Advice & the Formulation of Herbal Remedies in Early Modern England.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Boston, MA. - Spring 2016
"An Anatomy of a Medieval Childbirth." Presentation made as an invited speaker at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX, 2015
"Manuscripts, Manuals, and Masters: The Role of the Lapidary within the Medical Market Place of Early Modern Europe." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting, American Association for the History of Medicine at Yale University, New Haven, CT, 2015
"Remedies, Recipes, and Registers: Apothecaries in Seventeenth-Century London and the Popular Practice of Physick." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting, American Association for the History of Medicine, University of Chicago, 2014