Carolyn Twomey is a Visiting Assistant Professor of European History at St. Lawrence University in northern NY. She received her Ph.D. in 2017 from Boston College 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, concentrating in Art History and History. 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 focuses on the history of cultural and religious exchange during the medieval period, especially 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 national park ranger and as a graduate intern at both the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College. Carolyn currently serves on the Executive Council of the American Catholic Historical Association and is preparing a monograph on the material history of baptism in the early Middle Ages. On this website you can find more information about her research and teaching interests.