Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD in History, University of Southampton (2019)
  • M.A. in Medieval Studies, University of York (2006)
  • B.A. in History (Theatre Minor), Salem State College (2004)


  • 2018-Present: Visiting Academic, University of Southampton
  • 2015-2018: Arms & Armour Heritage Trust Studentship
  • 2000-2004: Presidential Merit Scholarship


  • Cambridge Centre for Adult Education
    Course Teacher – Introduction to European Arms and Armour (Winter 2014)
  • Synthesys Strategic Consulting
    Consultant (July 2012)
    Commissioned to undertake research and analysis for a London-based strategy/policy project that contributed to The Global Cyber Game, published jointly by the UK Ministry of Defence and the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.
  • Royal Armouries: H.M. Tower of London
    Curator of Tower Collections (2010-2011)
  • Royal Armouries: Leeds, UK
    Curatorial Assistant – Edged Weapons (2008-2010)
  • Rebel Shakespeare Company, Salem, MA
    Fight Choreographer (Summer 2004)
  • Autumn Tree Productions, Boston, MA
    Actor-Combatant/Fight Choreographer (2001-2004)
    I choreographed and performed staged fight shows for several regional festivals and events, including the Vermont Renaissance Festival and the Connecticut Renaissance Faire. I also assisted in delivering training workshops for new cast members, both youths and adults.
  • New England Pirate Museum/Witch History Museum, Salem, MA
    Museum Guide (2001-2004)
  • Higgins Armory Museum, Worcester, MA
    Gallery Interpreter/Museum Teacher (2000-2002)
  • Various US and UK Schools
    Freelance Historical Presenter (1998-2005)
    I created and presented historical talks and demonstrations for primary and secondary school groups. Clients included Millbury, Salem, and Dudley public schools in Massachusetts, and the Minster School in York, UK.


  • Re-display of the Line of Kings. HM Tower of London (initial concept team).
  • Re-display of the White Tower Basement. HM Tower of London, (design/project team, object selection, and panel text).
  • ‘Power House’. HM Tower of London, opened April 2011 and now a permanent exhibition in the White Tower (object selection, panel text, and installation).
  • Treasures of the Royal Armouries. HM Tower of London, opened April 2010 and now a permanent exhibition in the White Tower (panel text).
  • ‘Fit for a King’. HM Tower of London, opened April 2010 (panel text).
  • ‘Tower Tales and Traitors’. Royal Armouries: Leeds, July – November 2009 (object selection and panel text).
  • ‘Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill’. HM Tower of London, April 2009-January 2010 (panel text).
  • ‘The Royal Armouries Costumiers’. Royal Armouries: Leeds.


  • ‘Depictions of Combat in Medieval Art: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’, International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK, July 2016.
  • ‘Extant Damage on Late Medieval Edged Weapons and Armours: Initial Findings and Interpretations’, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2016.
  • ‘An Introduction to Armour’ Seminar, Historic Royal Palaces Summer School, HM Tower of London, July 2011.
  • ‘Swordplay in Europe’ Seminar, Historic Royal Palaces Summer School, HM Tower of London, July 2011.
  • ‘Magic Swords in Early Modern Europe: The Inscriptions 1414 and 1441 on Sword Blades’ Swords and the Culture of Early Modern Swordplay conference, University of Sussex, May 2011.
  • ‘The Royal Armouries: From London to Leeds’ Leeds Public Library, August 2010.
  • ‘The Scholar-Practitioner: Towards a Balanced Study of Medieval Swordplay’ International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK, July 2010.
  • ‘Duelling Weapons’ Seminar, Royal Armouries: Leeds, May 2010.
  • ‘Only Water Between’: A talk and dramatic reading of a series of WWI letters (part of 3-person ensemble), Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Edinburgh Castle, August 2009.
  • ‘A History of the Mafia’ Gallery Talk, Royal Armouries: Leeds, July 2009.
  • ‘Real Men Read Poetry: Instructional Verse in 14th Century Fight Manuals’ International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2009.
  • ‘Weapons of Nelson’s Navy’ Wellington Weekend, Royal Armouries: Leeds, March 2009.
  • ‘Flashman’s Duels’ Seminar: Flashman, Royal Armouries: Leeds,November 2008.
  • ‘Salle and Screen: Swordplay in the Movies’ Gallery Talk, Royal Armouries Museum: Leeds, September 2008.
  • ‘The Terminology of Medieval English Fight Texts: A Brief Overview’ International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2007.


  • 2012: Consultant/Member, ETHOS Network “Rebuilding Lives” Project.
  • 2012: NBC 2012 Olympic Games coverage at Tower of London.
  • 2011: CBS Early Show coverage of the Royal Wedding.
  • 2010: History Channel. Mud Men: Georgian Gentlemen.
  • 2010: 1599 Productions. 1599: A True Story of the Elizabethan Court (DVD).
  • 2010: BBC Radio 4. Pistols at Dawn.
  • 2009: Weapons of War, by Rupert Matthews. Consulted for accuracy.
  • 2004: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Consulted for means of lighting a pipe at sea in 18th century (uncredited).
  • 2003: PAX TV: New England Lifestyles. Interviewed at New England Pirate Museum.