My academic training is as a classicist and medievalist. I started my professional career as a special collections librarian at the Library of Congress, working primarily with twentieth-century fine press books. I went on to complete an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies, with a specialization in the history of Latin pedagogy, and taught medieval languages and manuscript studies in Cleveland, Berkeley, and Ithaca.
After a satisfying decade as a college professor, I found myself no longer willing to make the compromises academe requires about place, family, and community. I decided to make place primary in my future career decisions and moved back to my home town, Washington, D.C. Since moving back to D.C., I have been working in historic preservation and local history. I am currently Executive Director of the Cleveland Park Historical Society, the local history and preservation nonprofit for the neighborhood where I grew up.
Meanwhile, I have been keeping my hand in the medieval manuscript business as paleographer for Latin manuscripts on a digital humanities project based at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota. That project launched in October 2015: vHMML, a suite of online tools for manuscript study. In recent years, I have taught Medieval Latin in the Classics Department at the University of Maryland, College Park, as well as workshops in paleography for Swarthmore College and the University of Minnesota.
You can use the links above and the tag cloud at right to explore some of my writing on preservation, churches, neighborhoods, kit houses, and more, as well as my academic work.