I am historian of medieval religious and cultural history, with a particular focus on the intersections between religious women’s devotional, educational and intellectual activities in late medieval Germany. I have interdisciplinary interests in the history of the book, especially women’s roles in manuscript production, use and exchange, the history of religious women, the nature of religious materiality, and historical analyses of emotions. Until recently I was employed as a senior public sector leader in learning and development.
I am developing a project on the intersecting roles of emotions, devotional literature and material culture in producing religious change in late medieval reform movements (for details, see ‘Reforming Affections: Emotion, Devotion and Religious Women in Late Medieval Germany’ ). http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/research/research-projects/reforming-affections-emotion,-devotion-and-religious-women-in-late-medieval-germany.aspx?page=7 Research for ‘Reforming Affections’ has been supported by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (2015; I am currently an Associate Investigator with the Centre) and the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel.
I am also currently preparing articles for publication that explore the role of the emotions in ritual in convent entrance practices, and the interrelationship between devotional literature and material culture in monastic women’s devotional practices.
Partners in Spirit: Women, Men, and Religious Life in Germany, 1100–1500 (edited with Fiona J. Griffiths). Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts, 24 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014)
‘The Nun’s Crown’, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, No. 4, 2009; 187–194.
‘Enclosure and Containment: Jutta and Hildegard and the Abbey of St. Disibod’, Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History, Vol. 2, No. 2, Winter 1996; 103–23.
‘Women and Men in the Medieval Religious Landscape’, (with Fiona J. Griffiths), in Partners in Spirit: Women, Men and Religious Life in Germany, 1100 – 1500. Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts, 24 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014), pp. 1–46.
‘Meditations for a nun’s coronation from Wöltingerode’, in Rosenkränze und Seelengärten. Bildung und Frömmigkeit in niedersächsichen Frauenklöster, ed. Britta-Juliane Kruse (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2013), pp. 117–126.
‘Reformatrices and their books: Religious women and reading networks in fifteenth-century Germany’, in Communities of Learning: Networks and the Shaping of Intellectual Identity in Europe, 1100 – 1500, ed. by John N. Crossley and Constant Mews. Europa Sacra, 9 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2011), pp. 251–91.
‘Guidance for men who minister to women in the Liber de reformatione of Johannes Busch’, in What nature does not teach: Didactic Literature in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, ed. by Juanita Feros Ruys. Disputatio, 15 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2008), pp. 231–260.
‘Women’s reading and monastic reform in twelfth century Germany: the library of the nuns of Lippoldsberg’, in Manuscripts and Monastic Culture: Reform and Renewal in Twelfth-century Germany, ed. by Alison I. Beach. Medieval Church Studies, 13 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2007), pp. 139–90.
‘Abbot as Guardian or Cultivator of Virtue: Gender and the cura monialium’, in Our Medieval Heritage. Essays in honour of John Tillotson for his 60th Birthday, ed. by L. Rasmussen, V. Spear and D. Tillotson, (Cardiff: Merton Priory Press, 2002), pp. 50–64.
‘Female religious life and the cura monialium in Hirsau monasticism, c. 1080-1150’, in Listen Daughter. The Speculum Virginum and the Formation of Religious Women in the Middle Ages, ed. by Constant Mews (New York: Palgrave, 2001), pp. 68–97.