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Lydia Walker

Doctoral Candidate


Lydia Walker is a Ph.D. candidate working on her dissertation entitled, “Ad sanctos ultimi temporis: Lay Spirituality, Crusading, and Reform in the Sermons of Jacques de Vitry," under the direction of Jay Rubenstein. Through investigating Jacques’s rich body of work, her dissertation seeks to link the scholarly conversations between gender and crusade, and offer a more comprehensive analysis of Jacques’s still largely unedited sermon collection. 


Lydia has been awarded several grants towards her research including the Heckman Scholarship at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library and the McClure Scholarship for the Study of World Affairs. Lydia spent the 2016-2017 year as a Fulbright scholar at Ghent University in Belgium, and was awarded the American Academy of Rome's Affiliated Fellowship completed summer 2017. She has presented her work most recently at The Medieval and Early Modern Festival (MEMS) at the University of Kent, Canterbury and the International Medieval Congress, Leeds. Now as a Humanities Center Fellow at UT, she will spend 2017-2018 finishing her dissertation.


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

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2017-2018 Humanities Center Fellowship 
  • 2017 Affiliated Fellowship for the American Academy of Rome 
  • 2016-2017 Fulbright Award: Belgium
  • 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)

Selected Publications

  • “Crusade and Reform: Jacques de Vitry’s Application of the Book of Revelation” in The Use of the Bible in Crusader Sources, eds. Elizabeth Lapina and Nicholas Morton, (Leiden: Brill, 2017), pp. 297-315.  
  • “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.

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