Politics, performance, and the role of religion in the public sphere: these three themes shape my research and teaching of German literature from roughly 1200 to 1600. My first book examined the role of carnival and biblical plays in creating cultural community in Bern, Switzerland following local Protestant reform: Theater, Culture, and Community in Reformation Bern, 1523-1555 (Brill, 2002), winner of the 2003 David Bevington Award from the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society. I am currently engaged in an investigation of medieval staging practices in the context of contemporary devotional culture, tentatively titled “Staging Salvation: Devotional Spectatorship in Early German Theater.” Since 2001, I have been a member of the coordinating committee for Medieval Studies at the University of Iowa. My engagement in the field also extends to service in numerous professional organizations. In addition to graduate seminars on medieval and early modern literature, I enjoy teaching courses on German society, literature, and language at the undergraduate level.