Kathleen M. Self received her Ph.D in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2005. Her research interests include conversion in the Middle Ages, in particular the conversion of Iceland to Christianity, Old Norse mythology, and medieval ideas of gender. She has written articles on the ways conversion narratives shape and reshape subjectivity, how Old Norse myth represents the gender of valkyries and shield-maidens, and representations of violence in medieval Icelandic histories of their conversion. Professor Self’s new research examines the influence of Christianity on the way modern women write and talk about food. She teaches classes on medieval Christianity, the Crusades, Old Norse mythology, and theory and method in the study of religion.