Carolyn Twomey

Visiting Assistant Professor History Department
Carolyn Twomey

I am a historian of medieval ritual, religion, and material objects. My research and teaching interests include trade and exchange, cultural and religious conversion, water and the environment, and gender in the everyday lives of women and men from the Roman Empire to the Enlightenment. I completed an MA in Medieval Studies at the University of York, UK, and received my PhD in History from Boston College in 2017 with a project on the history and material culture of baptism in Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman England. Coming from teaching global and Atlantic history in Boston College's core history program, at St. Lawrence, I teach introductory courses on European studies from Plato to NATO, medieval Europe, early modern Europe and the world, and seminars on the history of the Vikings as well as Romans and barbarians.

My current research projects focus on the recycling of an early English baptismal font from Wilne, Derbyshire, in the UK, and early medieval river baptism in a volume I am co-editing with Daniel Anlezark, The Meaning of Water in Early Medieval England. I am also revising a book manuscript on the material history of baptism between c. 600 and c. 1200.

My research and teaching at St. Lawrence involve hands-on work with physical and digital medieval objects as things from the past endowed with historical agency. For example, my HIST 209 Medieval Europe students visit the ODY library to examine medieval manuscript illuminations of St. Lawrence, cast pilgrims' badges in pewter on the quad, and experience reading Beowulf together around a fire pit.

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