I’m an associate professor of history at Laurentian University: I teach and research in English and European history as well as writing on pop culture and history topics. I have a Ph.D. and an M.A. in History from the University of Toronto. I took my B.A. in European History at Purdue University.
Look for my co-edited collection, The Hobbit and History to appear in print in early November, 2014. I also wrote a chapter on the elves of Middle-earth and their parallels with medieval nobility. Other chapters look at the history of bear-men and berserkers, show you all about the historical parallels to the armies massing for the final great battle, reveal the secrets of medieval kingship (and how Thorin misses the mark), even show how Gandalf is less like Merlin and more like Odin or maybe even Loki! These and many other interesting parallels or contrasts with the past can be found in the collection. You can preorder The Hobbit and History from many outlets:
At Amazon UK
I am working next on Game of Thrones and History to hopefully be in print in 2015. I have also contributed a chapter on Margaret Pole to Women During the English Reformations: Renegotiating Gender and Identities, Julie A. Chappell and Kaley A. Kramer, eds. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
My keynote address from the 2012 Ravenclaw Academic Conference, is in print as “The World Hidden in Muggle History: Witches, Wizards, and the Historical Clergy,” in The Ravenclaw Chronicles edited by Potterfest organizer, Dr. Corbin Fowler (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014).
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“‘Part of the Rebel Alliance and a Traitor': Women in War and Resistance” (with Nancy R. Reagin) and “Teen Queen: Padmé Amidala and the Power of Royal Women” in Star Wars and History edited by Nancy R. Reagin and Janice Liedl (Wiley, 2012).
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“‘Magic is Might': How the Wizarding Government Gained Its Power” and “Witches vs. Women: What Muggles Could Learn from Wizarding History” in Harry Potter and History (Wiley, 2011).
“Carlisle Cullen and the Witch Hunts of Puritan London” in Twilight and History (Wiley, 2010).
“The Battle for History in Battlestar Galactica” in Space and Time: Essays on Visions of History in Science Fiction and Fantasy Television (McFarland, 2010).