Hailey LaVoy

B.A., Tulane University; M.A., University of Toronto; M.M.S., University of Notre Dame


  • Interests: Epistolary theory and long-distance communication in the early Middle Ages; Boniface and the Anglo-Saxon missions to the continent; early medieval transport and travel; Old High German language and literature; gender theory and history; classical and medieval rhetoric; medieval childhood and education
  • Dissertation: “Why Have You Been Silent for So Long? Women and Letter Writing in the Early Middle Ages, 700-900”
  • Advisor: Thomas F.X. Noble
  • Conference Papers: "I received the letter of your Sublimity, filled with what words pleased you": Queens, Power, and Epistolarity, ca. 700-900," International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds (July 2013); "Brothers and Sisters: Sibling Bonds in Early Medieval Letters, c. 700-900," 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, WMU, Kalamazoo (May 2013); "Early Medieval Women's Letters: Ephemerality and the Re-mediated Medium," New Media: From the Middle Ages to the Digital Age, Mellon-ISLA Interdisciplinary Workshop, University of Notre Dame (March 2013); "Working with Gregory: Pope Gregory the Great through the Lens of his Letters," Medieval studies Interdisciplinary Working Group, Mellon ISLA Interdisciplinary Workshop, University of Notre Dame (February 2013), "Appealing to Women: Asking for Favors in Anglo-Saxon and Carolingian Letters, 700-900," Newberry Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies, Chicago (January 2012); “Old High German in Ninth-Century Fulda,” 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2009)
  • Recent Awards: Notre Dame Graduate Student Teaching Fellowship (2013-14); ISLA Professional Development Award (July 2013); Nanovic Graduate Initiative Grant (July 2013); Graduate School Summer Intensive Language Training Grant (2011); Borsa di Studio, Settimana internazionale di studio, Centro Italiano di studi sull'Alto Medioevo, Spoleto, Italy (2011); Nanovic Professional Development Grant (2010-11); Sidney M. Johnson Award, Society for Medieval German Studies (2009); Nanovic Institute Graduate Travel & Research Grant (Summer 2009)