Department of History

Kate Craig

Kate Craig Assistant Professor
320E Thach Hall
(334) 844-6651
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Dr. Craig received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of California Los Angeles and her B.S. from the California Institute of Technology.  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.

Her current book project, Traveling Bones: Relic Mobility and Conflict in the Central Middle Ages examines the movement of relics (the body parts of saints) within northern France and Flanders as flashpoints for conflict.  This work argues for the necessity of understanding central medieval religion as multivocal and contested, while offering a new perspective on premodern travel that challenges assumptions about the static and rooted nature of medieval society.  

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


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

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

B.S. with Honors, California Institute of Technology, Applied Physics and History, 2008

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.

Classes Taught

History 1010 World History I 

History 1017 Honors World History I (Reacting to the Past)

History 3310 Europe in the Middle Ages

History 3800 Historian's Craft

History 3970 Special Topics: Medieval Travel and Travelers

History 5970/6970 Special Topics: Medieval Christianities

History 8710 Introduction to the Teaching of History

Last Updated: August 20, 2019