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University of South Carolina
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early modern Europe, medieval Europe, popular religion, ghosts, devils, frontiers, daily life
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About Me

I specialize in the history of traditional beliefs and daily lives in late medieval and early modern Europe (ca. 1400-1700).  In particular, I work on the history of ghosts, ideas about life after death, and the many topics that fall under the umbrella of popular culture.

Although much of my archival research has focused on the French-German borderlands, my current work on ghosts has me studying beliefs ranging from Scandinavia to Sicily–which can be quite a wild ride.

For this work I’ve held senior researcher positions at the Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg (Germany), the Helsinki Institute for Advanced Studies (Finland), and the Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington DC).  I’ve also received awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Historical Association.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Germany, France
Expertise by Geography
England, France, Germany, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Medieval, Pre-17th century, 17th century
Expertise by Topic
Family, Local & Regional, Religion, Science