Sara Ritchey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies
Address: 569 Griffin Hall
Phone: 482-5341


Sara Ritchey is an Associate Professor of European History at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, LA. She holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago. She is the author of Holy Matter: Changing Perceptions of the Material World in Late Medieval Christianity (Cornell University Press), which investigates women's creative agency in developing the doctrine of re-creation and how that doctrine informed the devotional experience of the natural world in the late Middle Ages. Her current research project, entitled The Palliative Saint: Healing Communities in Thirteenth-Century Liège, interrogates the categories of medicine and religion by exploring the role of affect and narrative exchange among communities of the poor and socially marginalized that gathered around holy women in the thirteenth-century Low Countries. At UL, she teaches courses in the history of Christian devotion, gender relations in medieval Europe, historical research methods, and European historiography. You can read her work in The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies, Religion Compass, The New York Times and elsewhere.

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