I am an associate professor (of Liturgy and Ecclesiastical History) in the Faculty of Divinity at Trinity College in the University of Toronto, where I have worked since 2012.
I also hold a “status-only” associate professorship at Toronto’s Centre for Medieval Studies, which means that students in the CMS (and in other U of T departments) can take my graduate courses and that I can supervise their dissertations and serve on their supervisory committees.
Since July 2020, I have also been serving as Graduate Coordinator for the Graduate Centre for Theological Studies of the Toronto School of Theology. (In this role, I assist the Director of the GCTS by reviewing student petitions and progress reports. I also serve, ex officio, on the graduate admissions committee and the Graduate Studies Council.)
Previously, I was a research fellow at St. John’s College, Cambridge (2006–2010), and a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Medieval Studies in the University of Toronto (2010–2011). I hold degrees in Music (AB, Harvard, 2001), Medieval History (MPhil, Cambridge, 2003), and History (PhD, Cambridge, 2009). I was also a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge (2001–2004), which was an education in itself.
I teach courses for MDiv and MTS students in the Toronto School of Theology (TRH2010 History of Christianity II: 843–1648; TRP3120 The Book of Common Prayer; TXJ2401 The History, Theology, and Practice of Anglican Liturgy), for first-year undergraduates in the University of Toronto (TRN 196 The Last Roman: Boethius, His Consolation of Philosophy, and the Legacy of the Ancient World), and for MA and PhD students in TST and U of T (Advanced Topics in Medieval Liturgy; Amalarius and the Medieval Liturgy).
My research focus is the liturgy of the early medieval Western Church, especially the Divine Office, and especially in Anglo-Saxon England. (My 2014 book on that subject can be previewed here.) Among other smaller projects, I am currently working on the first complete edition of the eleventh-century marginal additions to the “Old English Bede,” Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 41, which will eventually appear as a volume in the historic main series of the Henry Bradshaw Society.
In addition to medieval liturgy, I am also interested in post-Reformation Anglican liturgy and piety, especially the Book of Common Prayer.
I welcome inquiries from current or prospective graduate students at the University of Toronto or the Toronto School of Theology who would like to speak with me about their own work in these areas.
The main raison d’être of this site is to host bibliographies that I am gradually compiling for the study of the liturgy and chant of the medieval Church, and also for the study of the (Anglican) Book of Common Prayer. But I use the “blog” portion of the site to post occasional pieces of writing, such as sermons, lectures, and conference papers, and also short posts on topics and events that I find interesting, and which I hope will interest my readers!