Born and raised in America's Dairyland (Wisconsin), I received my BSc in History and Economics before earning the MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. I've been a research fellow at higher education institutions like Warwick, Durham, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as elite archives such as the Huntington Library, Newberry Library, Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel. By way of teaching, before coming to Nottingham in September 2014, I taught in Wisconsin (at Madison and elsewhere) and California (just east of Los Angeles).
My general area of research is in early modern British history with reference to the wider European context. More particularly, most of my focus is dedicated to Elizabethan England's relations with the Protestant territories of the Holy Roman Empire and Denmark. Commercial and other economic connections are of interest, but of greater significance in my research are the wars of religion, religious diplomacy, and international intellectual networks. In recognition of my contributions to early modern history, in 2016 I was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In recognition of my dedication to university teaching and learning, in 2017 I achieved the status of Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.