Lisa BitelProfessor of History and Religion
Phone: (213) 821-2150
Office: SOS 282
Faculty Profile on Departmental Website
- A.B. , Smith College, 1/1980
- AM History, Harvard University, 1/1982
- Ph.D. History, Harvard University, 1/1987
- Professor of History and Religion, University of Southern California, 08/15/2010-
- Professor of History and Gender Studies, USC, 08/2001-05/2010
- Professor of History, University of Kansas, 01/01/1999-01/01/2001
- Director of Women's Studies, University of Kansas, 01/01/1998-01/01/2001
- Associate Professor of History and Women's Studies, University of Kansas, 01/01/1995-01/01/1999
- Center for Religion and Civic Culture,http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/crcc/academic/culture.html
- Center for Excellence in Research, Fellow, 2008-2011,http://www.usc.edu/research/about/vp/cer/
- Center for Feminist Research, Chair, Steering Committee,http://www.usc.edu/dept/cfr/html/home.htm
- Interdisciplinary Research Group, CRCC, Director,http://crcc.usc.edu/about/personnel/irg/
- Monastic Matrix, Director, editor,http://monasticmatrix.org
- Bitel, L. M. (2009). Landscape with Two Saints: How Saint Genovefa of Paris and Saint Brigit of Kildare Built Christianity in Barbarian Europe. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
- Bitel, Lisa Marie; Lifshitz, Felice (Ed.). (2007). • Gender and Christianity in Medieval Europe : New Perspectives. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
- Bitel, L. M. (2002). Women in Early Medieval Europe. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
- Bitel, L. M. (1996). Land of Women: Tales of Sex and Gender From Early Ireland. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
- Bitel, L. M. (1990). Isle of the Saints: Monastic Settlement and Christian Community in Early Ireland. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
- Bitel, L. M. (2010). • "Material Environment of Christian Visions in Early Medieval Europe". , Looking Beyond: Visions, Dreams and Insights in Princeton: Princeton University.
- Bitel, L. M., Gainer (photographer), M. (2010). • "Scenes from a Cult in the Making: Lady of the Rock, 2008". Looking Beyond: Visions, Dreams and Insights in Me Princeton: Princeton University.
- Bitel, L. M. (2007). "Period Trouble: The Impossibility of Teaching Medieval Feminist History" in Celia Chazelle and Felice Lifshitz, eds., Paradigms and Methods in Early Medieval Studies. pp. p. 28. New York: Palgrave.
- Bitel, L. M., Gainer, M. (2009). • "Looking the Wrong Way: Authenticity and Proof of Religious Vision". Visual Resources. Vol. 25 (1-2), pp. 69-62.
- Bitel, L. M. (2007). Tools and Scripts for Cursing in Early and Medieval Ireland. Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome. Vol. 51/52 (2006/7)
- Bitel, L. M. (2007). Virgins for Sale. Journal of Women's History. Vol. 19 (no. 2 (2007): 170-177)
- Bitel, L. M. (2004). "Ekphrasis at Kildare: The Imaginative Architecture of an Early Irish Hagiographer". Speculum. pp. p. 605-627.
- Bitel, L. M. (2010). "Can You Tell Me Who The Villains Are?": Rock and Religion, Irish-Style". Religion Dispatches.
- Bitel, Lisa Marie (Ed.). (2009). Visual Resources: Special Double Issue: Visualizing the Invisible: Visionary Technologies in Religious and Cultural Contexts. Taylor & Francis.
- Digital Repository, Monastic Matrix (http://www.monasticmatrix.org), 01/01/2003-
- American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship Recipient, 2010-2011
- Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient, 1998-1999
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Recipient, 1995-1996
- Director of Graduate Studies, History Department, 08/2012-
- Director, Interdisciplinary Research Group, CRCC, 08/2010-
- Editorial Board, Material Religions, 2008-
- Editorial board, History Compass, 2005-
- Editorial board, Feminae, 1998-
- Director and Editor, Monastic Matrix, 1993-
Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History
Description of Research
Summary Statement of Research Interests
Professor Bitel studies the social, cultural, and religious history of medieval Europe. She has written four books about religion and/or gender in early medieval Europe, one book about religion in contemporary California, and published articles about sex, dreams, architecture, and Christianity, among other topics. She is currently researching a book on the material history of the unseen in medieval Europe.
Medieval European history, history of Christianity, religious studies, women's and gender history, Irish history, Celtic literatures and cultures, art and archaeology of medieval Europe, visual and material culture of pre-modern Europe