My undergraduate degree is in Philosophy, with a heavy dose of contemporary theory, from the University of California at Berkeley. My MA is in American Civilization–the social history of America, with a strong focus on history through visual imagery–from the University of Pennsylvania. Based upon my love of studying the Puritans, I journeyed further back in history to study both the intellectual and social history of the Renaissance and Reformation.
My main interest is the heretical ideas which were germinating in Italy at the time of the Reformation (before such notions were purged by the Council of Trent)–and the way in which these ideas were transmitted and shaped through printed pamphlets and accompanying imagery.
I am also interested in Renaissance mapmaking (especially maps in bibles), devotional imagery and its role in Early Modern religious practice, and emblem books.