Julia Qiuye Zhao

Julia Qiuye Zhao


B.A. in History, University of Toronto; M.A. in Medieval Studies, University of Toronto; M.M.S., University of Notre Dame

Year of Matriculation




Areas of Interest

German Mysticism, Anabaptism, Monasticism


My dissertation, " 'They Compel with Baptism as with a Monkish Vow': Baptism and the Monastic Vow in Medieval Monastic and Early Anabaptist Writings" (co-advisors: John Van Engen and Randall Zachman) focuses on the structural connections between medieval monasticism and German mysticism and early Anabaptism.  In particular I explore the ways in which early Anabaptists understood the baptismal vow and the medieval German idea of gelassenheit in their discipleship, community building and martyrdom literature.

Recent Scholarly Activity

Teaching Experience:

Instructor of Record, Moreau First Year Experience Program, University of Notre Dame, 2018

Conference Papers: 

" 'I have already died': Baptism and Conversion in Early Anabaptist Martyr Literature", Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 2018.

" 'The Door to Holy Church': The Ecclesial Function of Baptism in the Theology of Pilgram Marpeck", Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, Milwaukee, WI, October 2017.

"The Making of a Martyr: Baptism, Spiritual Development and Martyrdom in the Theology of Balthasar Hubmaier", Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, Vancouver, BC, October 2015.

“‘One Drop Can Save the Whole World’: Dominican Blood Theology and Mysticism in the Late Middle Ages,” 44th Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2009.

“‘Giving Blood for Blood’: Bleeding in the Writings of Catherine of Siena,” ‘Discipuli Juncti’: Students Connected Through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Arizona State University, 2008.