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Queen's University

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Ph.D. Candidate
Early Modern Mediterranean History

Phone: 613-533-2150
Fax: 613-533-6298


M.A. Cultural and Intellectual History, Warburg Institute, University of London (2010)
B.A. First Class Honours, History, Mount Allison University (2009)


My research examines the Western Christian experience in Ottoman administered Jerusalem during the sixteenth century. It will explore Christian, especially Catholic, perceptions of Ottoman rule, the physical experience of the city, and narrative accounts of how Muslim governors and multiple Christian rites ruled Christianity's Holy Sites. My study asks how changes in the religious landscape of Jerusalem, as well as the constantly shifting confessional and diplomatic landscapes of the Early Modern Mediterranean affected Western European travel to and in Jerusalem.

This project is based upon published and unpublished pilgrimage narratives, alongside Ottoman documentation, shipping records, Franciscan documents, and diplomatic correspondence. A study of these sources in synthesis will provide a better understanding of the logistics of pilgrimage as well as pilgrims' participation in and reaction to new and changing Ottoman and Catholic realities.

My research will contribute to and build upon scholarship in both European and Ottoman History, while relying on new archival materials. It seeks to reconstruct how Catholic pilgrims actually lived and narrated their experiences in space and time in a Muslim Holy City. I hope to show the mutable nature of inter- and intra-confessional relations within a space laden with semiotic meaning for Christians, Muslims, and Jews.

Dr. Ariel Salzmann supervises my research.

Courses Taught

TA, History 255, Renaissance and Reformation Europe, Dr. A D'Elia (2011-2012, 2012-2013)
TA, History 296, The Making of the Muslim Middle East, Dr. A Husain (2012-2013)
TA, History 221, Jewish and World Civilizations (until 1492), Dr. H Adelman, Dr. M Abu Samra

Selected Publications and Conference Presentations

Paper, "An analysis of Early Modern European frontispieces of the Koran" Presented at the Society for Renaissance Studies (SRS) International Conference, Manchester, 9-11 July, 2012.

Paper, "European Iconography of Islam: Jeoren Paddebrugges's Frontispiece of André Du Ryer's Translation of the Koran" Presented at the McGill-Queen's Graduate Conference in History, Montreal, 2-4 March, 2012.

Paper, "European Iconography of Islam: Jeoren Paddebrugges's Frontispiece of André Du Ryer's Translation of the Koran" Accepted for presentation at the 14th Annual Congress of Turkish Art (ICTA), Paris, 19-21 September, 2011 (Declined).

Paper, "North Meets South: Albrecht Durer and Venice" Accepted for presentation at the Atlantic University Undergraduate History and Classics Conference, Halifax, 23 January, 2009 (Declined).


Marjorie MacLean Oliver Graduate Scholarship (2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014)
Queen's Graduate Award (2011-2012, 2013-2014)
Queen's Graduate Dean's Travel Grant (2013)
Mount Allison University History Award (2009)

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000