My dissertation focuses on identity in the multi-lingual, multi-confessional, and multi-ethnic communities of medieval southern Italy and Sicily, 950-1150, with an emphasis on the roles of holy individuals and saints in community mediation, both religious and political. The larger questions I ask draw upon wider scholarship on the medieval Mediterranean, and I place the southern Italian context in dialogue with Spain, the Maghreb, and the Near East.
My interests also include human migration in the Mediterranean, particularly as related to the current refugee crisis. I am especially interested in the reactions within Italy to migration and the threats it poses to local or national identities, and how current reactions draw upon or extend inherited, pre-modern frameworks of difference.
Dissertation Title:"Narratives of Belonging: Holy Men and Community Identity in Southern Italy and Sicily, c. 950-1150"
Medieval Italy, Medieval History, Mediterranean History; Religion; Migration
Spring 2016: “Violence and Religion in the Medieval Mediterranean (and Today)”