- CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow: Duke University Library & WIRED Lab
- PhD, History of Art and Architecture, University of Virginia, Expected 2015
- MA, Architectural History, University of Virginia, 2009
- MA, History, University of Delaware, 2007
- MFA, 3D Animation, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2004
- BA, History and Fine Arts, University of Delaware, 2001
Interests: History of Medieval Iberia, Medieval Spanish Architecture, Digital Humanities, 3D Visualization, GIS, Photogrammetry
I am a doctoral candidate studying Medieval Architecture in the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia. My dissertation, “A Wall of the Faithful: Spatial Analysis of Military Order Architecture on Medieval Iberia’s Religious Frontier” is a spatial history of the Reconquista that focuses on sight as a highly valued frontier commodity.
With the assistance of two years of fellowship support from UVA’s Scholars’ Lab, I created a custom GIS database containing over 700 architectural sites built or occupied by military orders in 12th-14th century Spain and Portugal. A second digital project processed over 30 thousand on-site photographs into 3D facsimiles of extant masonry at two composite fortress-monasteries that served as headquarters for Iberian military orders. This ongoing project has thus far digitally reconstructed the unique 14th century fortress-monastery of Montesa so that it might act as a laboratory for 3D intervisibility experiments at a clearly partitioned military-religious complex.
I began working as a visualization specialist at UVA’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) before beginning my Master’s degree in Architectural History in 2007. Between 2007 and 2013 I constructed interactive maps and 3D models for the Chaco Canyon, Southwell Minster, Virtual Williamsburg, Plan of St. Gall, Fort Snelling and Montpelier projects. In addition to the Scholars’ Lab Graduate Fellowship in Digital Humanities, I was an inaugural member of the Praxis Program – designed to teach programming and web-development skills to humanities graduate students – and received research grants from the Kress Foundation and the Dumas Malone research fellowship.
In addition to serving as a teaching assistant in the Art and Architectural History departments, I co-taught a survey of digital methods for architectural recording and preservation, designed and co-taught my department’s first digital humanities course, and gave several guest lectures on a range of digital humanities and architectural history topics. My recent freelance projects include a 3D reconstruction of Tusculum – a dismantled 18th-19th century plantation house owned by the original founders of Sweet Briar College in Amherst, VA— and a dense photogrammetric 3D model of a detached joinery-shop chimney at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. In spring 2015 I taught a new undergraduate symposium course titled “The Virtual Museum” that allowed students to experiment with exhibition creation within a 3D virtual environment.
I am currently finishing final edits of my dissertation. I am very excited to say that in October I will join the Duke University Library and the WIRED Lab as part of a 2-year postdoc with the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).