Status: PhD Candidate

Adviser: Brett E. Whalen and Marcus Bull

Graduate Email: morgandw@live.unc.edu


Curriculum Vitae

Education

BA Trinity College, 2013 (History, summa cum laude)
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015
MA Thesis: “A New Reading of Caffaro.”

Research Interests

My research is primarily focused on exploring expressions of collective identity in their urban and trans-regional contexts in the medieval Mediterranean. I am particularly interested in the narrativization and memorialization of these identities in the era of First Crusade and the rise of the Italian maritime communes. Through civic chronicles, laws, hagiographies, and contracts, I have endeavored to trace broader conclusions regarding medieval community and historical memory. I am also interested in the historiography of the crusades, medievalism more generally, and the methodological implications of the longue durée. In my master’s thesis, I undertook a close reading of a crusade text by the Genoese chronicler Caffaro, considering its narrative structure and its thematic and tropological relationship to other “eyewitness” texts of the First Crusade. My upcoming research projects are likewise concerned with the communities of Genoa and Liguria in the aftermath of the First Crusade.