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Christine M. Libby

Christine M. Libby

Assistant Teaching Professor of History-Religious Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

130C Willard
University Park , PA 16802


Christine Libby is a Lecturer in the Department of History and the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies, with a minor in Gender Studies and a certificate in medieval studies from Indiana University. Her research and teaching interests include medieval Christian spirituality, gender and sexuality studies, affect theory, and the history of emotions.

Libby’s dissertation, Mystic Assemblages and the Translation of Affect, examined medieval mystic texts to investigate how ecstasy was stimulated through affectively charged writing and reading practices, arguing that these texts provide evidence of a vibrant devotional community at the boundary of orthodoxy. As such, they offer a record of how marginalized communities in the middle ages used affect as a form of resistance to Ecclesiastical authority. Her current project expands on this work by tracing the affective resonance of Mechthild of Magdeburg’s work through the Cistercian nunnery at Helfta in the 13th century.