I study the history of religion between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries, with a growing focus on the Reformation era. My published research has focused mainly on the religious orders in late medieval and sixteenth-century England. This has included work on small monasteries, the relationship between monasteries and society in late medieval England, the role of the monastic superior. My most recent book is _The Abbots and Priors of Late Medieval and Reformation England', published with Oxford University Press. I am currently working on two projects related to English monasticism in the early modern period: one focuses on the dissolution of English monasteries in the 1530s; the other traces evolving Protestant attitudes towards the monastic ideal over the course of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.
- Huntington Library Fellowship (Huntington Library, California, 2011)
- British Academy Research Development Award (British Academy, 2011)