Caroline Walker Bynum

Caroline Walker Bynum
Western Medieval History
Professor Emerita
School of Historical Studies

Caroline Bynum’s work has been instrumental in introducing the concept of gender into the study of medieval Christianity. Her path-breaking books, Holy Feast and Holy Fast (1987) and The Resurrection of the Body in Western Christendom (1995), created the paradigm for the study of women’s piety that dominates the field today and helped propel the history of the body into a major area of pre-modern European Studies. Her recent work, in Wonderful Blood (2007) and in Christian Materiality (2011), is a radical reinterpretation of the nature of Christianity on the eve of the reformations of the sixteenth century. She is currently working on medieval devotional objects in comparative perspective.

Harvard University, Ph.D. 1969; Harvard University, Faculty 1969–76; University of Washington, Professor 1976–88; Columbia University, Professor of History 1988–99, University Professor 1999–2003; Institute for Advanced Study, Professor 2003–2011, Professor Emerita 2011–; MacArthur Fellow 1986–91; American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow; American Philosophical Society, Member; Medieval Academy of America, Fellow; American Historical Association, Past President; Medieval Academy of America, Past President; Berkshire Prize 1985; Philip Schaff Prize 1989; Trilling Prize 1992; Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize 1995; Barzun Prize 1996; Centennial Medal of the Harvard Graduate School 2001; American Society of Church History, Distinguished Career Award 2005; Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion 1992 and 2007; Gründler Prize of the International Congress of Medieval Studies 2009; Haskins Medal of the Medieval Academy of America 2011; Federal Republic of Germany, Order of Merit 2012, Grand Merit Cross with Star 2013

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