Kristen Carella

Kristen Carella

Visiting Professor in English

Education: B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1993)

M.A, Indiana University Bloomington (1996)
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2007)


Interests: I have published primarily in the field of late antique and early medieval studies, particularly Hiberno- and Anglo-Latin, Old English and Old Irish law, literature, homiletics and biblical exegesis. My secondary interests include transgender studies, dystopian literature, zombie theory and punk rock. Outside of academia, I am a vocal social democrat, organic gardener, and activist campaigning for racial, class and LGBTQQIA+ equality. From 2001–2005, I served as an active-duty enlisted soldier in the US Army, and am a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom I. My current book project is entitled The Ideological Foundations of Early Irish Law and Its Reception in Anglo-Saxon England, c.600–c.900. Currently, I serve as the Executive Director of the International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England (ISSEME).


Recent Publications: 

Edited collections: Locating Place and Landscape in Early Insular Literature, co-edited with Joey McMullen (2017); Æthelred II: Reconsidering Unræd, co-edited with L.S. Chardonnens (2016); Unræd: Intellectual Thought and Rule in Æthelredian England, co-edited with L.S. Chardonnens (2014); Secular Learning in Anglo-Saxon England: Exploring the Vernacular, co-edited with L.S. Chardonnens (2012). Articles: “Transgender Identity and Geoffrey of Monmouth's Twelfth-Century Vita Merlini,” Transgender Literary Theory and Criticism [forthcoming]; “Tonight We’re Gonna Give it 35%: The Early Work of Laura Jane Grace,” Journal of Gender Studies 29.3 (2020), co-authored with Kathryn Wymer; “Northumbrian Law before the Vikings: A Preliminary Assessment of the Evidence,” Languages of the Law in Early Medieval England: Essays in Memory of Lisi Oliver (2019); “‘You Want Me to Surrender My Identity?’ Laura Jane Grace, Transition, and Selling Out.” Punk and Post Punk 8.2 (2019), co-authored with Kathryn Wymer; “The Earliest Legal Expression for Outlawry in Anglo-Saxon Law,” Traditio 70 (2015).



I always have time to talk with students. If you’re first generation, LGBTQQIA+, a veteran, feeling overwhelmed, or just want to chat, please reach out (whether or not you are taking a class with me). I look forward to these conversations and will be glad to hear from you!

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