The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall

Sandy Carpenter

PhD Program & Course Instructor

Office Location:  Sidney Smith 3077



I. Cochelin

Dissertation Title:

"Moving Relics, Moving Power: Sacred Space and the Peace of God in Southern France at the Turn of the Eleventh Century"

Description of Dissertation and Research Interests:

The dissertation argues that moving relics in central medieval France was a means of asserting power and constructing communal identities using story-telling and myth-making. Equally as important as the esoteric and micro-historical medieval interests are the macro-historical and interdisciplinary nature of Big History and World History. Teaching interests include Medieval Monasticism, Hagiography, and Social History; World History, Big History, and Environmental History; Women’s History, Women and Gender Studies, and History of Sexuality; and Writing Instruction.


  • MA, San Diego State University
  • BA, University of California, Los Angeles