After completing my first degrees in Canada (BA at the University of Ottawa and MA at the University of Toronto), I moved to Edinburgh in the UK for my PhD. My doctoral thesis, completed autumn 2018 at the University of Edinburgh, engages with themes of cultural, political, and religious transformations of late antique and early medieval Gaul. The thesis, entitled Learning and Power: A Cultural History of Education in Late Antique Gaul, examines the shifting practices and attitudes toward classical education in Gaul, with a focus on the fourth to sixth centuries. In my analysis I explore the role traditional literary schools of grammar and rhetoric played in the politics and society of late antique Gaul, and the changing value of such educational pursuits among Gallo-Roman aristocrats throughout this period and beyond. I am currently transforming my PhD into a monograph.
In January 2020 I came to Ghent to work on my new project, 'Greek in late antique Gaul', mentored by Professor Lieve Van Hoof and funded by the Leverhulme Trust.
Byzantine History (2020)