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Carolyn Twomey

ph.d. candidate

Carolyn Twomey


Office: Stokes Hall, Room S356

Faculty Advisor: Robin Fleming

Curriculum Vitae


MA, University of York, Medieval Studies
BA, Catholic University of America, Medieval and Byzantine Studies and English

Research Interests:

Conversion and baptism in early medieval Britain; liturgy and architecture; exegetical theology; Anglo-Saxon art and material culture; history of medieval art collecting in America


  • “Kings as Catechumens: Royal Conversion Narratives and Easter in Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica.” The Haskins Society Journal 25 (forthcoming 2014; Bethell Prize recipient)
  • “From Nave to Chancel: The Metamorphic Implications of Anglo-Saxon Altar Placement.” Quaestio insularis: Selected Proceedings of the Cambridge Colloquium in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic 9 (2008)

Conference Presentations:

  • “Basins and Baptisms: The Material Culture of Water in Early Medieval Britain” Leeds International Medieval Congress, 7–10 July 2014, University of Leeds, UK (forthcoming).
  • “The Conversion of Edwin: Bede’s Concern for Easter in the Historia ecclesiastica.” American Catholic Historical Association Annual Spring Conference, April 2013 – Stonehill College, North Easton, MA.
  • “Kings as Catechumens: Royal Conversion Narratives and Easter in the Historia ecclesiastica.” Charles Homer Haskins Society Conference, November 2012 – Boston College, Boston, MA
  • “Bede and the Devil: Baptismal Exorcism in Anglo-Saxon England.” The 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 2010 – The Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
  • “Baptismal Instruction in the Age of Bede.” Approaching Theology and Religion Colloquium, October 2008 – Department of Theology, University of Birmingham, UK