I am currently a PhD candidate in the Department of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, at the University of Oklahoma. My current research examines the relationship between optics and visual culture among the Jesuit Order during the Scientific Revolution.
I grew up in north-central Oklahoma, in the town of Ponca City. I attended Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, graduating there with a degree in religion, specializing in Greek and Hebrew. Following this I pursued a master’s degree in Biblical Exegesis at Wheaton College. After completing my degree at Wheaton College I decided to move back to Oklahoma City to teach middle school and high school at Veritas Classical Academy (now the Academy of Classical Christian Studies).
While teaching at Veritas I became interested in the History of Science, as a distinct pedagogical method which would enable students to find relationships between subject areas. For the first few years I taught both history and science to the same students and began to see how one discipline could reinforce the other. After teaching for four years at Veritas, I began a graduate program at the University of Oklahoma in the History of Science.
I completed my master’s degree in Spring 2015, defending the thesis: “Making Sense of Mathematics: The Certitudine Mathematicarum Debate and its Relationship to Plato and Aristotle.” You may read it here. In the Spring of 2017 I completed my General Exams in the following fields: History of Optics, History of the Book, History of the Reformation, and History of Islamic Science. I am currently working on a dissertation that focuses upon Jesuit optics and early modern visual culture.