Curriculum Vitae


Contact Information

History Department, Ohio University, Athens  OH 45701



Current and Past Appointments

2007-present   Associate Professor, Department of History, Ohio University

2010-2011       Visiting Scholar, Department of History, Duke University

2002-2007       Assistant Professor, Department of History, Ohio University

1999-2002       Assistant Professor, Department of History, Northern Illinois University



1999                Ph.D. History and Program in the Ancient World, Princeton University

1996                M.A. History and Program in the Ancient World, Princeton University

1993                B.A. History and Classical Civilization, Mary Washington College


Awards and Honors

2011-12           Faculty Fellowship Leave, Ohio University

2011                Italian Academy for Advanced Studies Fellowship (declined)

2010-11           American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship

2006-7             Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome

2005                Faculty Development Award, Ohio University

2002-3             Mellon Fellowship for Junior Faculty, American Council of Learned Societies

2002-3             Mellon Fellowship, Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame (declined)

2001                Council for Humanities Summer Research Stipend, Northern Illinois University

2000                Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute, Northern Illinois University

1998-9             University Center for Human Values Junior Fellowship, Princeton University

1997                Graduate Seminar Fellowship, American Numismatic Society

1994-5             Stanley J. Seeger Fellowship in Hellenic Studies, Princeton University

1993                Departmental and Final Honors, History & Classical Studies

1993                Outstanding Historical Research Award, Mary Washington College

1992                Latin Summer Studies Fellowship, City University of New York




2007. Expectations of Justice in the Age of Augustine. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. Reviewed in American Historical Review, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Catholic Historical Review, Choice, Early Medieval Europe, Estudios humanísticos, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Journal of Roman Studies, Speculum.

Articles and Essays

In progress. "Lives of Penitents and Remedies of Penance," in Oxford Handbook of the Merovingian World, ed. B. Effros and I. Moreira. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Due to the editors 1/16.

Forthcoming. "Repent and Pardon: Justice and the Role of Penance in a Decree of Theodosius I (CTh 16.7.4)," in Amor iustitiae: Influences des représentations patristiques de la justice au Moyen Age, ed. A. Bouton-Touboulic. Scripta Antiqua. Bordeaux: Ausonius Éditions. Submitted to the editor (4/21/14).

2015 (forthcoming). "Tertullian, the First Penitents, and the Process of Repentance in Late Antiquity," in La Vie d’Adam et Éve et les traditions adamiques, ed. A. Frey. Prahins, CH: Éditions du Zèbre. Pp. 431-41.

2012. "Justice and Equality," in The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity, ed. S. Johnson. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pp. 764-88.

2011. "Barbarian Traffic, Demon Oaths, and Christian Scruples (Aug. Ep. 46-47)," in Romans and Barbarians, ed. R. W. Mathisen, D. Shanzer. Aldershot, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate. Pp. 253-62.

2010. "The Sinful Subject: Doing Penance in Rome," Studia Patristica 44: 405-414.

2009. "Pope Leo I on Power and Failure," Catholic Historical Review 95(4): 671-88.

2008. "Juridical Administration in the Church and Pastoral Care in Late Antiquity," in A New History of Penance, ed. A. Firey. Leiden: Brill. Pp. 97-120.

2001. "Quasi-Imperial Coinage and the Administration of Merovingian Provence," in Society and Culture in Late Antique Gaul: Revisiting the Sources, ed. R. W. Mathisen, D. Shanzer. Aldershot, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Variorum. Pp. 134-65.

1999. "Proof and Reproof: The Judicial Component of Episcopal Confrontation," Early Medieval Europe 8: 1-11.

Reviews and Other Publishing Activity

2014. Review of Alexis Torrance, Repentance in Late Antiquity: Eastern Asceticism and the Framing of the Christian Life c. 400-650 CE (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), in Journal of Late Antiquity 7.1: 196-8.

2011. Review of Alexander Y. Hwang, Intrepid Lover of Perfect Grace: The Life and Thought of Prosper of Aquitaine (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2009), in Church History 80: 639-42.

2011. Review of Richard Price and Mary Whitby (eds.), Chalcedon in Context: Church Councils 400-700 (Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2009); Richard Price (ed.), The Acts of the Council of Constantinople, ed. Richard Price, 2 vols. (Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2009), in Early Medieval Europe 19(3): 367-71.

2010. Review of Carlos García Mac Gaw, Le problème du baptême dans le schisme donatiste (Paris: De Boccard, 2008), in Journal of Ecclesiastical History 61(4): 799-800.

2010. "Review Essay: Penance, Politics, and Historians" [review of Mayke de Jong, The Penitential State: Authority and Atonement in the Age of Louis the Pious, 814–840 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009); Courtney Booker, Past Convictions: The Penance of Louis the Pious and the Decline of the Carolingians (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009); Natalie Molineaux, Medici et Medicamenta: The Medicine of Penance in Late Antiquity (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2009)], in The Medieval Review 10.06.06.

2010. Review of Eric Gregory, Politics and the order of love: An Augustinian ethic of democratic citizenship (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008), in Journal of Ecclesiastical History 61(1): 217-18.

2009. Review of Chiara Torre (ed., trans., comm.), Martini Bracarensis De ira: introduzione, testo, traduzione e commento [Studi e testi tardoantichi; 7] (Rome: Herder, 2008), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2009.10.45.

2009. Review of Philippe Henne, Léon le Grand (Paris: Éditions du Cerf, 2008), in Catholic Historical Review 95(4): 786-7.

2009 [for 2008]. Review of Noel Lenski (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Constantine (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), in Phoenix 62: 412-14.

2008. Review of Peter Norton, Episcopal Elections 250-600: Hierarchy and Popular Will in Late Antiquity (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), in Church History 77(4): 1025-7.

2008. Review of Caroline Humfress, Orthodoxy and the Courts in Late Antiquity (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), in Catholic Historical Review 94(4): 776-7.

2008. "Franks" and "Lombards," in World Book Encyclopedia.  Chicago: World Book.

2004. "Brunhild," "Euskara," "Fredegunda," "Hypatia," "Latifundia," "Martin of Tours, St.," "Original Sin," "Ovens," "Radegunda, St.," "Tonsure," in Dictionary of the Middle Ages: Supplement 1, ed. W. C. Jordan. New York: Scribner's. Pp. 81-2, 190-1, 203-4, 286-7, 306-7, 370-1, 434-7, 449-50, 518-19, 609-10.


Papers and Lectures (* by invitation)

2015 *"The Picture of Repentance," Classics and World Religions Colloquium, Ohio University, November 18 (Athens, OH).

2015 "Ancient Repentance and Christian Penance in Late Antiquity," History Faculty Research Seminar, Ohio University, September 25 (Athens, OH).

2014 "Tertullian's Heartless Cruelty: A Reconsideration," North American Patristics Society, May 23 (Chicago, IL).

2014 *(respondent) Symposium: Christian Identity in Late Antiquity, University of Colorado, April 18 (Boulder, CO).

2014 "Exemplary Penitents and the Process of Repentance in Late Antiquity," La Vie d’Adam et Éve et les traditions adamiques, Colloque sur les littératures apocryphes juive et chrétienne, Universités Lausanne-Genève, January 7-10 (Lausanne, Switzerland).

2013 *"Le rôle de la pénitence dans la justice avant la pénitence quasi punitentia d'Isidore de Séville," Amor iustitiae-II: Influences des représentations patristiques de la justice au Moyen Age, Université Lille, November 14-15 (Lille, France).

2013 *"Repent! The Rise of Penance in Late Antiquity," Plenary Address, Seventh Annual Undergraduate History Conference, Ohio University, April 17 (Athens, OH).

2012 *"Penance and Punishment in the Theodosian Age," Between Heaven and Earth: Law, Ideology, and the Social Order in Late Antiquity, International Late Antiquity Network, September 13-16 (Manchester, UK).

2011 "Pontifical Repentance: Tales of Failure, Redemption, Controversy," 16th International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford University, August 8-13 (Oxford, UK).

2011 *"Roman Penance: Jurisprudence and Jurisdiction," Recht haben und Recht bekommen im Imperium Romanum: Das Gerichtswesen der Römischen Kaiserzeit und seine dokumentarische Evidenz, Centro Italo-Tedesco per l’Eccelenza Europea, Villa Vigoni, July 3-5 (Mennagio, Italy).

2011 "The Short Life of the Late Roman Penitential Regime," International Late Antiquity Network / Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity, June 23-26 (University Park, PA).

2011 *(moderator) Religion, Politics and Society from Marcus Aurelius to Charlemagne: A Conference in Honor of Peter Brown, Princeton University, May 5-7 (Princeton, NJ).

2011 *"Penance in Translation: Knowing, Feeling, and Suffering Regret in Early Christian Texts," Center for Late Ancient Studies Symposium, Duke University, February 18 (Durham, NC).

2010 "Ambrosiaster and You (Q. 102 contra Novatianum)," North American Patristics Society, May 27-29 (Chicago, IL).

2009 "The Feeling of Regret, ca. 400-600," Medieval Academy, 26-28 March (Chicago, IL).

2008 "Leo I on the ‘True Justice of the Perfect’ (Serm. 40.1)," North American Patristics Society, May 22-24 (Chicago, IL).

2008 "Gender and Martyrdom in Late Antiquity (The Passio Anastasiae)," Women's Studies Colloquium, Ohio University, April 18 (Athens, OH).

2008 *"Sin, Novelty, and History," Inauguration Address, Phi Alpha Theta Society, Ohio University, April 10 (Athens, OH).

2008 "Control over Forgiveness: Varieties of Penance in Late Antiquity," American Society of Church History / American Historical Association, January 6 (Washington, D.C.).

2007 "A New Look at the Epigraphic Evidence for Early Medieval Penance," Texts and Contexts, Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, Ohio State University (Columbus, OH).

2007 "The Sinful Subject: Doing Penance in Rome," 15th International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford University (Oxford, UK).

2007 *"Sinners and Penitents in Late Antiquity," American Academy in Rome, January 24 (Rome, Italy).

2006 "Christian Problems with Sex and Forgiveness," 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, MI).

2006 *"Failure of Authority, Triumph of Forgiveness in the Early Church," Late Antiquity Research Seminar, University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN).

2005 "Bishops, Discernment, and the Law," 31st Annual Byzantine Studies Conference (Athens, GA).

2005 "Barbarian Traffic, Demon Oaths, and Christian Scruples: Aug. Ep. 46-47," Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity VI (Urbana, IL).

2005 *"The Search for Life in the Dark Ages," Classics and World Religions Colloquium, Ohio University (Athens, OH).

2004 "The Failure of Justice: Bishops at Work between Legal Cultures," International Medieval Conference (Leeds, UK).

2004 *"How Christians handled justice in early medieval Europe: theory and practice," Charles J. Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities: "Plain Language" Humanities Talk, Ohio University (Athens, OH).

2001 "Christian Morality and Judicial Process: The Early Medieval Exemplar of  Susanna," Midwest Medieval History Conference (St. Louis, MO).

2001 "Social History between Liturgy and the Law," 36th International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, MI).

2000 *"Performing Penance in the Early Middle Ages," William S. Paley Lecture in Ancient History and Medieval Studies, Tulane University (New Orleans, LA).

2000 "Penance and the Public in Early Medieval Society," Early Medieval Europe Research Group 2000 (Edinburgh, UK).

2000 "The Pagan Regulus and Augustine's Rules for Swearing (Augustine, DCD 1.15 and 24)," North American Patristics Society (Chicago, IL).

1998 "Adhibe Medicinale Purgatorium: Late Antique Oaths and Private Spirituality," Byzantine Studies Conference (Lexington, KY).

1998 "The Quasi-Imperial Coinage of Merovingian Provence," 33rd International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, MI).

1997 "Proof and Reproof: The Repertoire of Confrontational Bishops," Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity II (Columbia, SC).


Courses Taught

History (since Fall 2012): 1210 Western Civilization: Antiquity to 1500 (F12, F13, S16) – 1222 Medieval History in Film and Literature (F13, S15) – 3293 World of Late Antiquity (S14) – 3520 Roman Law & Society (F15) – 3531 The Barbarian West: Europe, 500-1000 (S13) – 3540 History of Early Christianity (F14) –3900 History through Film (F12) – Seminar: Medieval Women – Senior Seminar: Rome in the Dark Ages (S14)

HTC Tutorials (since Fall 2012): History, Philosophy, and Biography (S13) – Medieval Ireland (F13) – Imperial Rome (F15)

Other (since Fall 2012): CAS 2005 Knowing What We Know (S15, S16) – CAS 2500 Breaking the Law (F14) – LJC 2000 Core Course for Certificate in Law, Justice, & Culture (S16) – T3-4130 Senior Seminar: The Philosophy of History (S13, S14)

Before Fall 2012: 3111J Junior Seminar: Historical Research & Writing – 3533 The High Middle Ages – 3541 Medieval Christianity: Church & State – 453D Women in Medieval Society


Professional Service and Experience (* college/university appointment or election)

2015-present       Member, Lazaroff Committee

2014-present       *Secretary, O.U.-A.A.U.P.

2012-present       Undergraduate Faculty Adviser, History (also 2003-2010)

2012-present       History Curriculum Committee (also 2004-2008)

2012-present       History Undergraduate Committee (also 2004-2010)

2012-present       Curriculum Committee, Center for Law, Justice & Culture (also 2009-2010)

2015 (9/21-2)      *Internal Program Reviewer, OU Heritage College of Commuunication

2014-2015          *Member, Executive Committee, Faculty Senate

2014-2015          *Chair, Arts & Sciences Faculty Development Committee

2014-2015          Chair, Search Committee (Science/Technology)

2014                  *Member, Spotlight on Learning Planning Committee

2013-2014          *RCM Liaison, Arts & Sciences and Faculty Senate

2013-2014          *Member, Provost’s Total Faculty Compensation Taskforce

2013-2014          Committee Member, Faculty Senate Finance & Facilities

2013-2014          Faculty Member, OU Undergraduate Journal of History Editorial Board

2013                  *Executive Committee Member, Center for Law, Justice & Culture

2012-2015          *Senator, Faculty Senate (also 2005-2007)

2012-2015          Member, Arts & Sciences Faculty Development Committee

2012-2013          Committee Member, Educational Policy & Student Affairs

2012-2013          Member, University Curriculum Committee

2012-2013          Member, University Curriculum Programs Committee

2007-2010          Director of Undergraduate Studies, History Department

2007-2010          Chair, Undergraduate Committee

2007-2010          Undergraduate Advising Coordinator

2007-2010          Committee Member, University Academic Advising Council

2007-2010          Member, Promotion and Tenure Committee, College of Arts & Sciences

2007-2009          *President, O.U.-A.A.U.P.

2006-8                Co-Director, Fall Term in Rome

2006                   Summer Planning Committee, Scholars Program in Arts & Sciences

2005-6                Arts & Sciences Strategic Planning Committee on Undergraduate Priorities

2005-6                Finance & Facilities Committee, Faculty Senate

2005-6                Chair, Undergraduate Advising Committee, Department of History

2005-6                Executive Committee, O.U.-A.A.U.P.

2004-5                Personnel Evaluation Committee, Department of History

2003                   Search Committee (Renaissance-Reformation)

2002-4                History Graduate Committee

2002-6                History Library Committee

2002                   Search Committee (British History, N.I.U.)

2001                  General Education Committee Workshop (N.I.U.)

2000                   Multi-Cultural Curriculum Transformation Institute (N.I.U.)

2000                   Outside Examiner: Ph.D. Defense (Princeton)

1999-2002          Graduate Committee (N.I.U.)

1998                   Instructor, Lawrenceville School (Lawrenceville, NJ)