I thoroughly enjoy the quest for knowledge and the discovery of new insights — sometimes expected, often surprising. My classmates would often laugh at the “fortress of knowledge” I would build on the library table as I worked, gradually surrounding myself with stacked books on all sides as one source led to another, and that to another, until I could hardly be seen behind the scores of volumes. But I was there, head down, carefully inscribing quotes and page references onto endless index cards, building new structures of information in my eager, curious mind.
As an independent researcher, my several areas of interest are:
- Catholic Canon Law, particularly:
- procedural law
- penal law
- structures of governance
- ecclesiology and ecclesiological expressions in law
- memory and memoir writing
- the limits of human memory
- traumatized memory
- strategies and craft in memoir writing
- the life and writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, especially:
- the author’s Catholicism and its reflection in his writings
- his wartime trauma and how it shaped his imagination
- Latin etymologies
A sampling of my research work is currently available here.