curriculum vitae


PhD in History University of Bristol
Thesis: Magical Approaches to the Passions in Seventeenth-century England
Supervised by Professor Ronald Hutton (

Master of Arts by Research in History University of Leeds
Thesis: Functions of Astrological Magic in Seventeenth-century England
Supervised by Dr Raphael Hallett (


‘Transatlantic Cunning: English Occult Practices in the British American Colonies’, in Andrew Crome (ed.), Prophecy and Eschatology in the Early Modern Transatlantic World (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).

Cypriana: Old World (Rubedo Press, 2016), ed. Alexander Cummins, Jesse Hathaway Diaz, Jennifer Zahrt.

‘Textual Evidence for the Material History of Amulets in Seventeenth-Century England’, in Ronald Hutton (ed.), Physical Evidence for Ritual Acts, Sorcery and Witchcraft in Christian Britain: A Feeling for Magic (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

‘‘Qui Quae Quod’: Doctor Who and the History of Magic’, in Andrew Crome and James McGrath (eds.), Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Religion and Doctor Who (Darton, Longman and Todd, 2013).

‘The Three Purifiers: Asperging Herbs in the Grimorium Verum’ in Jake Stratton-Kent, Dis Albion and Erzebet Carr (eds.), Conjure Codex II (Hadean Press, 2013).

The Starry Rubric: Seventeenth-century English Astrology and Magic (Hadean Press, 2012).

‘On Cut-Up’ in Ruby Sara (ed.), Mandragora: Further Explorations in Esoteric Poesis (Scarlet Imprint, 2012).

‘Heaven and Earth Was, Is and Shall Be Shaken: Millenarianisms of 2012 and the Seventeenth Century’, in Dave Evans (ed.), The Enduring Problems with Prophecy: From Early Modern Times to 2012 and Beyond (Twin Serpents, 2012).


‘Visions of the Excellent Booke of the Arte of Magick’, at The Esoteric Book Conference, Seattle, 2015.

‘Time and Magic in Early Modern England’, at Time and Early Modern Thought, University of York, 2014.

‘Faces of the Heavens: Nature and Astrological Image Magic in Early Modern England’, at The Marriage of Heaven and Earth: Images and Representations of the Sky in Sacred Space, Sophia Centre Conference, 2014.

‘The Dead in Early Modern English Magic’, at The Day of the Dead, Glastonbury, 2013.

‘Amulets of Seventeenth-Century England’, at Science and Magic: Ways of Knowing in the Early Modern World, Princeton University, 2011.

‘By Points of the Earth: Geomancy in Seventeenth-Century England’, at Renaissance and Early Modern Symposium, University of Bristol, 2011.

Research Interests:

Early modern European and early American religion, philosophy, medicine, and magic: especially cunning-folk, witchcraft, demonology, grimoires, conjuration, talismanic objects, necromancy and love sorcery.