“I alone am given understanding of things, and I must create for myself the words to explain what I understand.”
– Sor María de Jesús de Ágreda, 17th c.
I am a historian of the early modern Spanish world, encompassing the Iberian peninsula and colonial Spanish holdings in the Americas from 1400-1800. I focus on women’s spiritual experiences, writings, and authority during the seventeenth century, particularly during the reign of Philip IV (1621-1665).
I am interested in material culture, from needlework and embroidery to architectural expression, and in how these traces enrich our understanding of religious visions experienced and described from marginalized perspectives. In my courses, I seek to view the past from these perspectives, utilizing primary sources from women, those of low socioeconomic classes, and people of African, indigenous, and mixed-race descent.
I am a first-generation college student and Midwesterner raised on a farm in rural Indiana. I completed my B.A. and M.A. at Purdue University and am completing my Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.
In addition to my scholarly interests, I am invested in public engagement, digital humanities, and narrative storytelling. For examples of how I connect my work with public audiences through storytelling, listen to my podcast episode about women’s visions of Purgatory. In July 2021, also wrote a column series for the American Historical Association about storytelling in research and the classroom.