Rabia Gregory

Rabia Gregory Associate Professor
Education: Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Interest: History of Christianity
Email: gregoryra@missouri.edu
Phone: 573-882-5505


My primary research interest is the history of Christianity in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. I approach the study of religion through book history, material culture, and theories of gender. My first book, Marrying Jesus in Medieval and Early Modern Northern Europe: Popular Culture and Religious Reform (Ashgate) uses previously unpublished cultural artifacts to revise longstanding assumptions about religion, gender, and popular culture. In it, I demonstrate that by the fourteenth century, worldly, sexually active brides of Christ, both male and female, were no longer aberrations and provide a history of the dispersion of theology about the bride of Christ in the period between the twelfth and seventeenth centuries and explains how this metaphor, initially devised for a religious elite, became integral to the laity’s pursuit of salvation. Though very little of this book is about nuns, my research also involves situating the literary culture of late medieval and early modern women’s religious communities within their social and cultural networks. I have also published on the relationship between religion, new media, and medieval culture in contemporary video games. I am currently preparing a critical introduction, biography, and facing-page edition and translation of the poetry of Anna Bijns (1493-1575) and working on a study of late fifteenth-and sixteenth- century German Christianity told through the life and art of Albrecht Dürer.


  • 2630 History of Christian Traditions
  • 3005 : Religious Culture in Medieval and Early Modern Europe - Angry Theologians
  • 4750/7750 Women, Religion, and Culture
  • 4100 Advanced Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion


Marrying Jesus in Medieval and Early Modern Northern Europe: Popular Culture and Religious Reform (ISBN 978-1-4724-2266-8) Ashgate Publishing Company, February 2016

"Black as a Coconut and White as a Tusk: African Materials and European Displays of Christ Before Columbus" Journal of Africana Religions 2.3 July 2014 p. 395-408.

"Thinking of their Sisters: Authority and Authorship in Late Medieval Women’s Religious Communities" Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures, Vol 40.1 January 2014 p. 75-100.

"Citing the Medieval: Using Religion as World Building Infrastructure in Fantasy MMORPGs." In Finding Religion in Digital Gaming, edited by Heidi Campbell and Gregory Grieve, Indiana University Press, 2014. P. 134-153

"Obedient cats and other not-quite-miracles in Sisterbooks from the Devotio Moderna" in Medieval Perspectives vol. 22 (p. 41-63).

http://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/3/3/646  Gregory, Rabia. 2012. "Penitence, Confession, and the Power of Submission in Late Medieval Women's Religious Communities." Religions 3, no. 3: 646-661.

Recent Awards

  • Multi-Campus Course Share Initiative for Monastic Worlds, Spring 2015
  • MU Arts & Humanities Small Grants Program, September 2013
  • Wabash Center Summer Research Fellowship for Pulp Mysticism, July 2012
  • Wabash Center Teaching and Learning Workshop for Pre-Tenure Religion Faculty in Colleges and Universities, 2011-12
  • UM Research Board, Academic Year 2010-11
  • Provost's Research Leave, Academic Year 2010-11
  • November, 2009 awarded Individual Research Grant by the American Academy of Religion
  • 2009 NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers: The Reformation of the Book: 1450-1650
  • Spring, 2009, Awarded Summer Research Fellowship by the Research Council of the University of Missouri
  • Spring, 2009, Awarded Grant-Writing Fellowship by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, University of Missouri-Columbia