Kelly Gibson, Ph.D.

Kelly Gibson grew up in Raleigh, NC and received her Ph.D. from Harvard.  While working on her Ph.D., she spent a year in Paris on a Fulbright fellowship researching early medieval manuscripts. She enjoys participating in archaeological excavations and applying interdisciplinary approaches to her research and teaching. Her most recent work has utilized saints' lives to uncover ideas about doctrine, emotions, kingship, and monastic practice. 


Ph.D., Harvard University
A.M., Harvard University
B.A., University of Virginia

Recent Courses

HIS 2301 Western Civilization I
HIS 2302 Western Civilization II
HIS 3307 Medieval Europe I
HIS 3308 Medieval Europe II
HIS 3309 ST/Medieval Islamic Civilization
HIS 3321 History of England I: Anglo Saxon
HIS 3381 Barbarians and the Fall of Rome 
HIS 3382 The Carolingian World
HIS 3386 Culture of the Central Middle Ages
HIS 3387 The Crusades

Research Interests

Research interests include medieval history. 

Selected Publications

"The Carolingian World through Hagiography," History Compass 13 (2015): 630–645.

"La vie monastique dans les Vies de saint Gall rcrites au IXe sicle." In Normes et hagiographie dans l'Occident latin (Ve-XVIe sicles). Actes du colloque international de Lyon, 46 octobre 2010, edited by Marie-Cline Isaa and Thomas Granier. Hagiologia. Brepols: Turnhout, 2014.

"Rewriting History: Carolingian Reform and Controversy in Biographies of Saints." Ph.D. Dissertation, Harvard University, 2011.

Vengeance in Medieval Europe: A Reader. Edited with Daniel Lord Smail. Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures 13. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009.

Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilization, edited by Michael McCormick, Guoping Huang, Kelly Gibson, et al.



“First Conflicts: Understanding the Conflicts in Genesis in the Carolingian Age” at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 12-15, 2016.

“Episcopal Ideals in Alcuin’s Revised Saints’ Lives” at the International Conference of the Haskins Society, Carleton College, Nov. 6-8, 2015.

“#Orthodox: Trending Words and Carolingian Concern over Heresy” at the Texas Medieval Association Conference “Interdisciplinarity in the Age of Relevance,” University of North Texas, October 3-4, 2014.

“The Carolingian Empire in Hagiography” at the International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 7-10, 2014.

“Emotions in Carolingian Narratives of War” at the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, The University of the South, April 4-5, 2014.”

“Models for Monks: Carolingian Concepts of Monastic Education in Hagiography” at the Illinois Medieval Association Conference, The Newberry Library, February 16, 2013.

“The Rules of War in Carolingian Hagiography” at the International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 9, 2012.

“La conformation des Vitae réécrites au cours du IXᵄ siécle aux sources normatives contemporaines.”  Invited presentations at the Colloque international d’histoire du Moyen âge:  Normes et hagiographie dans I’Occident latin, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, 2010.

“The Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilizations:  A Friendly Introduction and Public Launch.”  With Michael McCormick and Guoping Huang, Medieval Studies Seminar, Harvard University, 2010.