Karen L. Jolly
Professor & Undergraduate Coordinator
Pre-modern Europe, early medieval Britain, religion and culture, manuscript studies
Office: Sakamaki A415
Phone: (808) 956-7673
Curriculum Vitae | Personal Webpage | Blog: Revealing Words: Northumbria in the Tenth Century | Essay: Ask a Historian!
Dr. Jolly received her B.A. in English (1978), M.A. in Anglo-Saxon England combining English, History, and Religious Studies (1981), and Ph.D. in medieval History (1987), all from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her research interests began with popular religion in medical remedies and extended into interdisciplinary approaches to magic, science, and religion. More recently, she has focused on liturgical rituals, bilinguality, and manuscript studies. Her most recent book publication is The Community of St. Cuthbert in the Late Tenth Century: The Chester-le-Street Additions to Durham Cathedral Library A.IV.19 (The Ohio State University Press, 2012), a cultural study of a viking-era religious community and their bilingual service book. She is now working on a historical fiction project exploring the life of Aldred and the other scribes at Chester-le-Street, which you can follow on her blog.
Dr. Jolly offers courses on Medieval Europe, History of Christianity, World History to 1500, and History/Social Studies education. As a member of the Honors faculty, she will be offering interdisciplinary topical courses.