Academic Research & Teaching
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My research is centred on late medieval mathematical sciences. My particular areas of interest are the relationship between astronomical theory and practice, techniques of calculation and instrument-making, the relationship between religion and science (especially in monasteries), and the depiction of sciences in Latin and vernacular literature.
I have been an AHRC-funded curatorial intern at the Whipple Museum, and have held fellowships at Girton College, Cambridge (2016-19), and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (2020).
I have lectured, supervised and examined undergraduates and masters students in the Cambridge Faculty of History and Department of History and Philosophy of Science. I have also taught on the International Summer Programme and Lifelong Learning programme of the Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education. I am a qualified secondary school teacher, and have taught GCSEs, A levels and the International Baccalaureate at schools in the UK and Canada.
"'El Capri Kylex': A Franciscan astronomical mnemonic", Journal for the History of Astronomy 52 (2021): 267–288. Available fully open-access.
"Vernacular Craft and Science in the Equatorie of the Planetis", Medium Ævum 88 (2019): 329-60.
"Natural Sciences", in Historians on John Gower: Society, Religion and Politics, ed. Stephen H. Rigby (Boydell & Brewer, 2019), 491-525.
"Sacred astronomy? Beyond the stars on a Whipple astrolabe", in The Whipple Museum of the History of Science: Instruments and Interpretations, ed. Liba Taub, Joshua Nall and Frances Willmoth (Cambridge University Press, 2019), 11-32. Available fully open-access.