Christopher Scheirer

Christopher Scheirer


Year Matriculated into Ph.D. Program


Areas of Interest

Anglo-Saxon England; the intersection of Latin learning and Anglo-Saxon literary culture; translation practices and Old English glosses; Roman epigraphic tradition


B.A., Wheaton College; M.A., North Carolina State University; M.M.S., University of Notre Dame


The central focus of my career at the Medieval Institute has and continues to be the interdisciplinary study of the literature and intellectual history of the early Anglo-Saxon period, with especial emphasis on the influence and appropriation of western Latin (Roman) learning during the seventh and eighth centuries in England and, more generally, the broader Insular world. The title of my dissertation, under the direction of Prof. Christopher Abram, is: "Written in Stone: The Roman Epigraphic Tradition and Anglo-Saxon Literature." This project will investigate the role of Late Roman Christian inscriptions, as encountered both on site by English pilgrims to Rome as well as through their compilation and transmission in manuscript collections, within the broader literary culture of the early Anglo-Saxon period.

Recent Scholarly Activity

  • 2016 — Rome Global Gateway, Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Notre Dame
  • 2014 — Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching, Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Notre Dame
  • Publications: With Francis L. Newton and Francis Newton, Jr. “Domiciling the Evangelists in Anglo-Saxon England: A Fresh Reading of Aldred’s Colophon in the 'Lindisfarne’ Gospels.” Anglo-Saxon England 41 (2013): 101-144.
  • "Finding Bede in the Lindisfarne Gospels: Aldred the Scribe and 'beda ðe broema boecere'," 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo (2016)
  • Teaching: (Spring 2014) Teaching Assistant for David Ganz, "Charlemagne: Emperor of the West," University of Notre Dame