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Lynda Coon

  • Professor, Associate Dean of Fulbright College
  • Medieval Europe, Gender

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Lynda Coon (PhD, University of Virginia) is a church historian specializing in the time-period ca. 300-900. Coon teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the history of Christianity, women and Christianity, the early medieval era, and the history of a later medieval age. Her first book explored the sacred biographies of holy women in late antiquity. Her second book focused on the ritual, spatial, and gendered worlds of monks in the Carolingian period (ca. 750-987). Coon is currently researching a book on imagining Jesus in the Dark Ages. She has supervised doctoral dissertations on the cult of the Archangel Michael in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, gendering the late ancient basilicas of Rome, and the culture of letter-writing among the Cappadocian fathers.


  • Dark Age Bodies: Gender and Monastic Practice in the Early Medieval West University of Pennsylvania, 2011.
  • Sacred Fictions: Holy Women and Hagiography in Late Antiquity (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997)
  • That Gentle Strength: Historical Perspectives on Women and Christianity, co-edited with Elisabeth Sommer and Katherine Haldane (University of Virginia Press, 1990).

Courses Taught

  • Medieval Bodies/Medieval Spaces
  • Women and Christianity
  • History of Christianity
  • Early Middle Ages
  • Late Middle Ages
  • Transformation of Rome