My research interests revolve around the convoluted relationships and overlaps among politics, ideology, religion, and gender in the eighteenth century (esp. in Enlightenment and Revolutionary France). In my master’s thesis, I focused on a conflict over diocesan territory between the archbishop of Rouen and a convent of Benedictine nuns, the Abbey of Montivilliers in Normandy. I used this case study as a lens through which to re-examine the history of eighteenth-century Gallicanism, Specifically, I argued that the nuns and their collaborators possessed and effectively used the legal, political, and intellectual means to help redefine ecclesiastical hierarchy, sovereignty, territoriality, and church-state relations–primarily to the benefit of the temporal prince, the king of France. Currently, I am conducting archival research for my dissertation on pilgrims, processions, and police in Europe’s imperial borderlands, c. 1770-1815.
M.A., University of Munich (2015)
B.A., University of Munich (2012)
- European History
- “The Keys of Heaven in the Hands of Women. A Struggle over Hierarchy in Eighteenth-Century France”
- “La suppression de cinq paroisses à Tours (1777-1782). Un exemple de rationalité administrative au siècle des Lumières,” Dix-Huitième Siècle 46 (2014): 673-93.
Courses Taught as TA
- History 119 – The Making of Modern Europe, 1500-1815