Discipline(s): Theology, Liturgy, History
Available to direct dissertations
Katie Bugyis is a historian of medieval religious women, especially interested in recovering the liturgical practices they cultivated and the levels of literacy they attained as readers, copyists, and composers of different genres of texts, from prayers to plays. Her book The Care of Nuns: The Ministries of Benedictine Women in England during the Central Middle Ages (Oxford University Press, 2019) reconstructs the liturgical and pastoral roles Benedictine nuns performed on the basis of the books they produced and used.
Bugyis earned a B.A., M.M.S., and Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame, an M.A.R. at Yale Divinity School, and a certificate from Yale's Institute of Sacred Music. She has published numerous articles and coedited two volumes, Women Intellectuals and Leaders in the Middle Ages (Boydell Press, forthcoming) and Medieval Cantors and Their Craft: Music, Liturgy, and the Shaping of History (York Medieval Press, 2017). Her research has won fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Medieval Academy of America, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.