About Me

I am a Ph.D. student in history at George Mason University. I received my M.A. in history from the University of West Georgia. My thesis analyzed the place of the Ottoman Empire in the diplomatic imagination of Frenchmen from 1515 to 1610,  specifically focusing on the views of the French elite. Central to my investigation is the interaction between diplomatic practice and diplomatic theory. How did the Franco-Ottoman alliance impact the way in which French elites imagined their diplomatic geography and the Ottoman Empire’s place in it? 

As my research might suggest, the processes by which people are drawn into religious conflict as well as how people transcended those religious barriers toward common ends fascinates me. I am also very interested in how early modern Europeans understood their geo-political world.  Who was considered a part of that world? Who was excluded from that world? How did these inclusions and exclusions differ with different social groups?

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