I study late Roman and early Christian art and architecture in Italy. I am exploring the role of early ecclesiastical buildings and their artistic programs in conjunction with late antique theological treatises and sermons to better understand how these spaces functioned in the formation of Christian communities. My research aims to further introduce the visual arts into a field of study that is primarily dominated by textual scholars.
In addition to my academic work, I am a candidate for ordination as a minister in the United Methodist Church, having graduated from seminary in 2011. I teach adult education classes on theology, church history, and the visual arts for various churches; I also design and lead congregations on educational trips to Rome where we explore the history of Christianity through the city's art and architecture.
I live with my wife and daughter in the suburbs west of Chicago but return to Madison to fish the trout streams of the Driftless Region.