I am a Research Officer in medieval history, specialising in the social history of Britain, especially England and Wales, during the central Middle Ages (c. 1000-1300). In particular, I am fascinated by the intersections of gender, locality and class attendant upon the actions and experiences of the female members of the greater Marcher families before the conquest of Wales in 1282. My most recent work looked at women’s litigation and the interaction of different legal systems at the Anglo-Welsh border, and resulting publications include an article in English Historical Review and a prize-winning essay in the recently founded Mortimer History Society Journal – the latter aimed at bringing academic scholarship to a wider readership.
Most recently I have begun working on in Jewish women’s litigation in England before 1290. I was recently awarded funding from the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grants scheme and the Jewish Historical Society of England to pilot a study of Jewish litigants, men and women, in England before 1290 and to explore the northwest European context up to the Black Death.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of MEMO, the Swansea Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research.