Christopher Riedel

Visiting Assistant Professor
Medieval England and Europe

Office: Robinson Hall 210
Phone: 517/629-0398


  • Ph.D., Medieval History, Boston College (2015)
  • B.A. with High Distinction, History, University of Virginia (2006)

Courses Offered

  • Ancient and Medieval Worlds
  • Medieval England
  • The Viking Age
  • The Crusades
  • Ancient Rome
  • Ancient Greece
  • Jerusalem: City at the Center of the World (Upper-Division Seminar)
  • Tolkien and the Middle Ages (LA101 First-Year Seminar)

Scholarly Activity


  • Praising God Together: Monastic Reformers and Lay People in Tenth-Century Winchester, The Catholic Historical Review 102, no. 2 (2016), 284-317.
  • Debating the Role of the Laity in the Hagiography of the Tenth-Century Anglo-Saxon Benedictine Reform, La Revue Bénédictine 127, no. 2 (2017), 315-46.

Select Awards and Fellowships:

  • Peter Guilday Prize for best first article, American Catholic Historical Association (2016)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (Visiting Assistant Professor), History Department, Boston College (2015-17)
  • Donald and Hélène White Prize for the Outstanding Dissertation in the Field of Humanities, Boston College (2016)
  • John Leyerle-CARA Prize for Dissertation Research from the Medieval Academy of America (2013)
  • Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award, Boston College (2011-12)
  • Sewanee Medieval Colloquium R.W. Southern Prize (2010)

Select Presentations

  • Pastoral Care and Monastic Reform in Tenth-Century Winchester, Winchester: An Early Medieval Royal City, Winchester University, United Kingdom (July 2017)
  • Translating Bede’s ‘Golden Age’ of Monasticism into Old English in the Tenth Century, 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (May 2017)
  • Monastic Reform and the Origins of the Parish Church in Late Anglo-Saxon England, 4th Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University (2016)
  • Competing Priorities for Monastic Reform in the Hagiography of Tenth-Century Anglo-Saxon Bishops, American Society for Church History Spring Meeting, Edmonton (2016)
  • The Differing Priorities of Reforming Bishops: Depictions of the Laity in the Vitae of Æthelwold, Oswald, and Dunstan, 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2014)
  • Ælfric’s Intended Audience and His Two Lives of St. Martin, 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2012)
  • Teaching Doxology with Miracles: The Monastic Reform Movement and Lay Society, 29th International Haskins Society Conference, Boston College (2010)
  • Lantfred’s Swithun and the Fundamentals of Reform: Educating Lay Pilgrims in Tenth-Century Winchester, 37th Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, The University of the South (2010)