B.A., University of Notre Dame
MPhill, University of Cambridge
Ph.D., Northwestern University
My research examines how multi-sensory encounters with landscapes shape people’s perceptions of heritage, belonging, and social difference. As a member of the Cultural Landscapes of the Irish Coast (CLIC) Project since 2007, I have undertaken archaeological and ethnographic research on the islands of Inishark and Inishbofin, Co. Galway, on topics ranging from early medieval monasticism and pilgrimage traditions, pastoralism, heritage tourism, and sustainability. Myself and colleagues have published research results in Antiquity, Medieval Archaeology, The Journal of Social Archaeology, and the forthcoming volume Routledge Handbook of Sensory Archaeology.
As a postdoctoral fellow at Notre Dame, I am working with Dr. Ian Kuijt on the book project Faith Along the Water, which traces the expansion and development of monastic settlements across the seascape of Connemara c. 650-1300 CE. My next research project combines lithic source analysis, 3D digital modeling, and experimental archaeology to examine the object biographies of early medieval carved stones and to assess the sensory and social consequences of their histories of creation, movement, and modification.