Rabia Gregory

Rabia Gregory
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

A.B., Religion and Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Duke University

M.A. and Ph.D., Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests: 

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Jesus in Medieval and Early Modern Northern Europe: Popular Culture and Religious Reform (Ashgate) uses previously unpublished cultural artifacts to revise longstanding assumptions about religion, gender, and popular culture.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. 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. I also co-edit the interdisciplinary book series Christianities Before Modernity.

  • 2630 History of Christian Traditions
  • 2639 Religion and Human Sexuality
  • 3610 Angry Theologians
  • 4535 / 7535 Multi-Campus Course: Monastic Worlds
  • 4750/7750 Women, Religion, and Culture
Recent Publications: 

“Cyborg Chimeras and Organic Meatbags: Gender, Religion, and the History of Videogames”  Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 84.3 2016 p. 641- 664 https://academic.oup.com/jaar/article/84/3/641/1751477/Gaming-Religionworlds-Why-Religious-Studies-Should#36240451

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

  • Addressing Religious Diversity in the Land Grant University Classroom, Project Grant, Wabash Center for Teaching in Theology and Religion, 2017-19
  • Multi-Campus Course Share Initiative for Monastic Worlds, Spring 2015
  • 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
  • Individual Research Grant by the American Academy of Religion 2009
  • 2009 NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers: The Reformation of the Book: 1450-1650