M.A. History: The University of New Mexico, 2008.
B.A. History (magna cum laude), minors in Archaeology and Medieval & Renaissance Studies: Carleton College, 2005.
Field of Study: Medieval European and Near Eastern History, Pre-Modern European History
Research Interests: Plantagenet England, the Crusades, Christian-Muslim Relations, Court Culture and Chivalry, Ideologies of Identity and Empire
Dissertation Title (Working): “The Matter of Jerusalem: The Holy Land in Angevin Court Culture and Identity, c. 1154-1216”
Brummett, Palmira, and Katherine Thompson Newell. “A Young Man’s Fancy Turns to ‘Love’?: The Traveler’s Eye and the Narration of Women in Ottoman Space (or The European Male ‘Meets’ the Ottoman Female, 16th-18th Centuries)” The Journal of Ottoman Studies 40, Part II: “Other Places: Ottomans Traveling, Seeing, Writing, Drawing the World— Essays in honor of Thomas D. Goodrich” (2012): 193-220.
Biography: Katie’s research focuses on the development and expression of English identity in the Middle Ages. More specifically, she is interested in how members of the court and ecclesiastical elite, who often had family, educational, and property ties outside of England, nevertheless came to think of themselves as English. Her MA thesis, “Alien Religious in England: Negotiating Patronage and Identity, 1294-1369,” examined parliamentary supervision of foreign clergy and monastic institutions within England. Katie’s dissertation, “The Matter of Jerusalem: The Holy Land in Angevin Court Culture and Identity, c. 1154-1216,” argues that there was a close and vital relationship between England and Jerusalem in the Angevin construction of empire. This imperial ideology encouraged the Angevins’ new affinity with England, its people, and its mythic origins. By examining the role that Jerusalem and the Holy Land played in this process, Katie’s dissertation provides a new perspective on the Angevins’ construction of English identity and of England’s central role in Christendom.
Katie is the recipient of two year-long writing fellowships, the Jimmy and Dee Haslam Dissertation Fellowship (2013-14) from the Marco Institute and the UT Humanities Center Graduate Fellowship (2014-15). The Galen Broeker Award (2012) from the UT History Department and the Anne Marie van Hook Fellowship (2014) from Marco have provided her with the support to do archival research in England. Katie also has received the UT History Department’s Susan Becker Award for Excellence in Teaching. Additionally, she has presented her work at a number of venues, including the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference. She is a member of the Haskins Society, the Medieval Academy of America (MAA), and the American Historical Association (AHA).
Katie also has experience with US public history. In 2004 she served on an archaeology dig at George Washington’s childhood home of Ferry Farm in Virginia, and she has worked as a historic interpreter for the National Park Service at Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie, and the Charles Pinckney National Historical Site in South Carolina (2005-6) and at Minute Man National Historical Park in Massachusetts (2009).