My PhD was about the medieval mystic, Margery Kempe, where I employed a medical humanities approach to better understand Kempe's spiritual experiences.
My research, more broadly, investigates the deep intersections between the religious and medical ideologies of the Middle Ages. I am especially interested in medieval female visionaries and the way in which their physiology is 'written', 'read', and adapted.
I now combine some undergraduate teaching at the University of Exeter with part time English teaching at a secondary school. I am working on a postdoctoral project about the 'holy medicine' of medieval female mystics in Europe. This research will develop my doctoral work, exploring the ways in which medieval religious women were able to modify their very physiology in order to achieve spiritual enlightenment and transformation.