- Associate Professor of History
- School of Arts and Social Sciences
- B.A., Gordon College
- M.A., Catholic University of America
- Ph.D., Catholic University of America
Laura earned her M.A. and her Ph.D. in history from the Catholic University of America. Her research interests focus on the religious and cultural history of late antique and medieval Europe. More specifically, her dissertation, entitled Carolingian Sermons: Religious Reform, Pastoral Care, and Lay Piety, investigated early medieval pastoral care, popular culture and educational systems through a detailed analysis of ninth-century manuscript compilations. Despite her focus on medieval Europe, her research interests also include the Classical, Late Antique, Byzantine, Renaissance and Reformation eras in the Mediterranean world context. Laura also teaches courses on Early Modern and Modern Europe as well as on Russia, Islam, and East Asia. She and her husband love living in East Nashville with their twin daughters and enjoy traveling, snowboarding and spending time with friends and family.