Caroline Walker Bynum
University Professor Emerita
Ph.D. — Harvard University, 1969
M.A. — Harvard University, 1963
B.A. — University of Michigan, 1962
Interests and Research
Caroline Walker Bynum, University Professor Emerita, studies the religious ideas and practices of the European Middle Ages. In the 1980s, her books Jesus as Mother and Holy Feast and Holy Fast were instrumental in introducing the concept of gender into Medieval Studies; in the 1990s, her books Fragmentation and Redemption and The Resurrection of the Body in Western Christendom studied the history of the body. Her study Metamorphosis and Identity (Zone Books, 2001) explored concepts of personal identity, of the body/soul connection, and of transformation in late medieval European thought. Her book, Wonderful Blood (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007) is a study of blood piety in northern Germany in its European setting. She is currently working on the role of objects in late medieval religion, placing them in the context of contemporary theories of miracles and materiality.