My research explores the powerful, complicated, obvious and not so obvious ways that the modern world has been influenced by European Christianity from the time of the Renaissance and Reformation. I study Catholics as well as Protestants, ideas as well as practices, theology as well as history, and literary as well as theological texts, all with an eye to understanding the creative and diverse ways that imagined relationships shape the way people understand themselves, their world, and the possibilities for transformation.

Her research interests include Christianity in Early Modern Europe, friendship and community in fiction, devotional poetry, and gender and religious subjectivity.

I am a scholar of Renaissance and Reformation Christianity, interested especially in the emergence of new types of religious and intellectual communities and theoretical questions of relationality and intersubjectivity.

My interest in theory as well as historical analysis is reflected also in the courses I teach, which include not only surveys and thematic courses about Christianity, with a primary focus on the West, but also undergraduate and graduate courses on anthropological, sociological, and philosophical approaches to the study of religion.

Area of expertise:

  • Religious Studies

I am interested in the eighteenth century because of its reputation as a secularizing age.

Research Interests:

  • Christianity in early modern Europe; friendship and community formation; devotional poetry; gender and religious subjectivity; how religious ideas and practices influence how people live in the world and understand themselves in relation to others.
History, Religious Studies
PhD, University of Chicago, 2000
MA, University of Chicago, Religion, 1993
BA, Brown University, Religious Studies, 1991