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Kaitlin Heller

PhD Program


Field: Medieval, 1050-1494, Europe 1400-1600, History of Science and Technology

Supervisor: Prof. Joseph Goering

Dissertation title: Explanation in Chronicles of Western Europe in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

Previous degrees:
A.B. Folklore and Mythology, Harvard University M.Phil. Medieval History, Cambridge University

Description of dissertation and research interests:
The dissertation examines the structure of explanation in the Genesis section of Peter Comestor’s Historia Scholastica and its influence on two chronicles of the early thirteenth century. Research interests include medieval intellectual networks and intellectual technology; the relationship of medieval European folklore to written text; and the history of science, particularly the reception of scientific knowledge in popular culture.

Awards and Scholarships:
Current: Doctoral Completion Award
Previous: Connaught International Scholarship, Vanier (SSHRC)
Academic Service (e.g. member of symposium organizing committee, etc): Founding Managing Editor, Past Tense: Graduate Review of History.


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