Carolyn Twomey is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Boston College, where she received her Ph.D. in History in 2017 with a project on the history and material culture of baptism in the early Middle Ages. She received her B.A. in Medieval & Byzantine Studies and English Literature with a minor in Theology & Religious Studies from the Catholic University of America before pursuing an M.A. degree in Medieval Studies at the University of York, UK. While completing her Ph.D. research at Boston College, she trained at an archaeological field school through the SERF Project at the University of Glasgow and completed the Apprenticeship in College Teaching program through the Boston College Center for Teaching Excellence.
Her research and teaching interests focus on the history of cultural and religious exchange during the medieval period, specifically the rituals and material objects of conversion that negotiated boundaries between the secular and sacred. Carolyn developed a love of objects and public history as a former park ranger and intern at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College, and she continues to bring material objects and places into the classroom. Carolyn currently serves on the Executive Council of the American Catholic Historical Association is preparing a monograph on the history of baptism in the early medieval West.