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Professor Carolyn A MuessigB.A.(N.Y.State), M.A.(Tor.), M.S.L.(Pontif.Inst.Tor.), Ph.D.(Montr.)

Professor of Medieval Religion

Carolyn Muessig

Professor Carolyn A MuessigB.A.(N.Y.State), M.A.(Tor.), M.S.L.(Pontif.Inst.Tor.), Ph.D.(Montr.)

Professor of Medieval Religion

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Carolyn Muessig has written on the history of medieval preaching as well as Jacques de Vitry, Francis of Assisi, Catherine of Siena and female educators in the Middle Ages. For seventeen years she was co-editor [with Veronica O'Mara] of the journal Medieval Sermon Studies. Since 2001 she has been series co-editor [with George Ferzoco] of Medieval Religion and Culture, Routledge (http://www.routledge.com/books/series/SE0592/). From 2011-2017 she was the Medieval and Reformation (700-1600) Section Editor for the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, De Gruyter, Berlin, Germany (http://www.degruyter.com/dg/page/765). From 2007-2010 and then again from 2016-2019, she was Head of the Department of Religion and Theology. She served as Director of Bristol's Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts (2011-2014). She also served as co-director of the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bristol (2013-2018). Since 2015 Professor Muessig has been a member of the Downside Abbey Library and Archive Board. She is co-curator of the first public exhibition to be held at Downside Abbey: Voices from the Cloister: Medieval Treasures at Downside Abbey (https://www.downsideabbey.co.uk/voices-from-the-cloister-exhibition-opening/).

Her monograph Stigmata in Medieval and Early Modern Europe will be published with Oxford University Press (August, 2019). She is presently on study leave working on a new project that investigates female preachers and their sermons in late medieval Europe.

She is supervising and has supervised numerous research students working in the following areas: Beguine spirituality, early Franciscans, Catherine of Siena, Bernard of Clairvaux, Theresa of Avila, gender and sin, hagiography, Julian of Norwich, masculinity in the Middle Ages, preaching history, liturgy and religion and poetry. Two of her students have won the University of Bristol Outstanding Dissertation Prize in the Faculty of Arts: Eliana Corbari, PhD, 'Dominican Preachers and popular devotion in late medieval Italy' (Awarded 2009). Jennie Sanderson, Mlitt/PhD, 'Sin and gender in late medieval theological sources' (Awarded 2010). If you are a perspective postgraduate student wishing to do a degree in the Department of Religion and Theology, University of Bristol, please do not hesitate to contact Professor Muessig to discuss possible research topics.

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3 Woodland Road
Clifton
Bristol
United Kingdom