|How did you learn about My-Parish?|
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|What aspects of parish life, culture and heritage most interest you?|
|Which regions most interest you?|
|Please briefly describe your parish interests and any past and present parish-related projects||
My Ph.D. thesis analyzes community formation and conflict amongst parishioners and monks in late medieval England. I am focusing specifically on churches shared by monks and parishioners and examine how parishioners vocalized and enacted their concerns about the parish church over which they desired more control. I also examine how these conflicts have inspired local historians to write about and even valorize the medieval conflict as a strategy for connecting modern parishioners to their medieval past. Thus I am interested in relationship between late medieval parish practice and modern efforts to promote parish communities' medieval heritage.
|What resources or experiences were most influential in shaping your parish interests?||
My interest in the parish is both academic and personal. My upbringing in a small Protestant community in the rural Midwestern United States has shaped my interest in grassroots religious practice. My academic interests stem from theorists and historians of religion and society who focus specifically on the dynamics of community formation and convention, such as Pierre Bourdieu, Emile Durkheim, and David Gross; and social and cultural historians of the parish, such as Eamon Duffy, Katherine French, and Gervase Rosser.