Bio

I'm a PhD candidate in the Committee on the Study of Religion; I also have a Secondary Field in Romance Languages and Literatures. 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 (full disclosure: on the Upper East Side), and besides the U.S., I've lived in Morocco, Tunisia, Spain, Quebec and Germany.

My heart's in two places. On the one hand, I work on the history of religion in late medieval and early modern Europe, especially Spain. My dissertation -- currently titled "Mother's Milk, Father's Blood: On the Transmission of Religion as Race in Early Modern Spain (1502-1609)" -- considers changing conceptions of the transmission of "religion" (or something like it) within a variety of sources, including Inquisition trials, memoriales, medical manuals, Aljamiado literature (i.e. Castilian and Aragonese written using the Arabic alphabet), and Golden Age painting. Over the course of the sixteenth century, the Iberian Catholic imagination undergoes two key changes: "race," or raza, becomes the dominant theological mode for thinking the Muslimness and Jewishness coursing through the blood of Moriscos (forced Muslim converts) and Conversos (forced Jewish converts); and mothers, or really, maternal figures, beyond and alongside fathers, become vessels for the tranmission of raza (breast milk, e.g., becomes newly theologically charged). My dissertation wonders what the turn to, or on, motherers has to do with the emergence of raza as a theological concept.

You can read my Prospectus here.

On the other hand, I can't help it: I'm interested in twentieth-century French and German thought, in particular, deconstruction and psychoanalysis, and the ways in which critical theory can help us begin to think through our obsession with the archive.