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Lydia Walker


Ph.D. Department of History, University of Tennessee to be completed 2017

MA Department of Religion, Western Michigan University 2012

MA Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University 2009

BA Department of History, Cornerstone University 2006



  • Forthcoming: “Crusade and Reform: Jacques de Vitry’s Application of the Book of Revelation” in Elizabeth Lapina and Nicholas Morton (eds.), The Use of the Bible in Crusader Sources (Brill, 2015: under contract)
  • Published: “A Fourteenth-Century Augustinian Approach to the Jews in Riccoldo da Monte Croce’s Ad Nationes Orientales” in Constructing the Medieval and Early Modern across Disciplines, ed. Karen Christianson (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2011) p. 33-42.


Awards and Grants

  • 2016-2017 Fulbright Award: Belgium
  • 2016-2017: The Center for Humanities Fellowship, (declined)
  • 2015 Bernadotte Schmidt Award (UTK)
  • 2015 W.K. McClure Scholarship for the Study of World Affairs (UTK)
  • 2015 Heckman Stipend, The Hill Museum and Manuscript Library
  • 2014 Paul Barrette Graduate Student Travel Prize (MARCO)
  • 2014 Graduate Student Travel Award (UTK)
  • 2008 & 2011 Graduate Student Travel Award (WMU)
  • 2008 Medieval Institute Travel Award (WMU)


Contact Information




Lydia Walker is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History, working on her dissertation entitled, “Ad sanctos ultimi temporis: Lay Spirituality, Crusading, and Reform in the Sermons of Jacques de Vitry.” Through investigating Jacques’ rich body of work, her dissertation seeks to link the scholarly conversations between gender and crusade, offer a more comprehensive analysis of Jacques’ still largely unedited sermon collection, and consider the changing notions of crusade and apocalyptic thought in the thirteenth century. Lydia completed a research trip in 2015 as a Heckman Scholar at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library in Minnesota. She received awards from the McClure Scholarship for the Study of World Affairs, Bernadotte Schmidt Award, and the Marco Institute to explore Jacques de Vitry’s manuscripts in Belgium and England. As part of this trip, she presented at the International Medieval Conference at the University of Leeds. Recently, Lydia presented on the performance of piety in the Fifth Crusade at Concilium Laternense IV: Conference Commemorating the Octocentenary of the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215 in Rome. She also completed a forthcoming co-authored article with Thomas Burman on the place of Spain and Islam in early Dominican memory. Lydia Walker will be spending the 2016-2017 academic year as a Fulbright scholar researching in the libraries in Belgium. 


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