Department of History

Kate Craig

Kate Craig Assistant Professor
320E Thach Hall
(334) 844-6651

Office Hours

  • Wednesday 12:30 - 3:30


Kate Craig received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of California Los Angeles (2015; 2010) and her B.S. from the California Institute of Technology (Applied Physics and History, 2008).  Her research interests include the religious cultures of early and late medieval Europe, travel and mobility within the premodern world, and the application of natural scientific and digital techniques to medieval history. She is a former Fulbright fellow to France.

Dr. Craig’s research focuses on the movement of relics (the body parts of saints) within northern France and Flanders.  During the central Middle Ages (10th-12th centuries), relics functioned as objects of devotion but could also serve as flashpoints for conflict, particularly when they were brought away from their churches or monasteries.  Dr. Craig examines these conflicts surrounding traveling relics as a window into the evolving spiritual and economic relationships between clergy, monks, and laypeople in this period. 

At Auburn, Dr. Craig offers courses on medieval European history, medieval travel and travelers, and religious history, as well as teaching within the World History sequence.


B.S., 2008, California Institute of Technology (Applied Physics and History)

M.A., 2010, University of California Los Angeles

Ph.D., 2015, University of California Los Angeles

Representative Publications

“Fighting for Sacred Space: Relic Mobility and Conflict in Tenth - Eleventh- Century France,” Viator 48, no. 1 (Spring 2017), 17-37.

“The Saint at the Gate: Giving Relics a ‘Royal Entry’ in Eleventh- to Twelfth-Century France,” in Authority and Spectacle in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Essays in Honor of Teofilo F. Ruiz, ed. Yuen-Gen Liang and Jarbel Rodriguez (New York: Routledge, 2017), 121-133.

Last Updated: February 20, 2019