I'm a PhD candidate in the Committee on the Study of Religion. I received a B.A. in Religion and Interpretation Theory from Swarthmore College in 2009 and a M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School in 2012. I grew up in Manhattan, and besides the U.S., I've lived in Morocco, Spain, and Germany.
My heart's in two places. On the one hand, I work on the history of religion in medieval and early modern Iberia, in particular, on the histories and literatures of the Moriscos (i.e., Muslims forcibly converted to Christianity). I'm interested in how communities of Moriscos write and read (e.g, Aljamiado literature), as well as in how they're written and read (e.g., Inquisition trials). Lately I've been thinking about the Inquisitional idea that you get your religion (Islam, Judaism, Christianity) from your mother's milk; strangely, a few fringe early modern philologists inherit that idea in order to argue that you get your mother tongue (Castilian, Arabic, Hebrew) from your mother's milk, too. On the other hand, I find myself kind of incorrigibly committed to twentieth-century French and German thought, in particular, to those now very outdated schools known as deconstruction and psychoanalysis.