Director, Gender & Queer Studies
Greta Austin is a scholar of the history of Christianity during the Western Middle Ages. Her academic research focuses on the law of the Catholic Church during the central Middle Ages, a topic she explores in the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Medieval Canon Law. Austin serves as secretary of the International Society for the Study of Medieval Canon Law. Other publications include the book, Shaping Church Law around the Year 1000: The Decretum of Burchard of Worms (2009, Ashgate), as well as articles on feuds, just war, and the Middle Ages in movies. Her essay “Living with Pain: The Desert Fathers, the Hindu Festival of Thaipusam, and the New York City Marathon,” was published in Pangyrus (2015), and the article “St. Augustine and the Hall of Memory” appeared in The American Scholar (2011). She also wrote the chapter “Shaping Church Law around the year 1000: The Decretum of Burchard of Worms” in Church, Faith and Culture in the Medieval West (2009). Austin teaches courses on the history of Christianity, including Magic and Religion, and Violence and Religion, as well as classes on gender, queer, and feminist studies.
B.A., Princeton University, 1990; M.A., University of Colorado-Boulder, 1992; M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University, 1996, 2000