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W. Tanner Smoot

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Research Interests:
Early and High Medieval England, Monasticism, Religious History and Culture, Historical Memory




MA, Marshall University, 2017

BBA, Marshall University, 2013

Publications and Presentations


"Sacred Memory and Monastic Friendship in Eadmer of Canterbury's Vita S. Oswaldi," Revue Bénédictine, 130.2 (2020): 354-388.

"History in Liturgy: Negotiating Merit in Ely's Virgin Mothers," Journal of Medieval History (Forthcoming).

(with Scott G. Bruce), "The Social Life of an Eleventh-Century Shrine in the Miracula Maioli (BHL 5186)," Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies (Forthcoming).


“The Anatomy of an Eleventh-Century Shrine in the Miracula Maioli (BHL 5186),” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 10-15 May 2021.

“The Siege of Antioch Project,” Gallery Project at Mapping (In)Justice Symposium, Fordham University, NY, 5 November 2019.

“The Confines of the Flesh: The Spiritual Foundation of Personal Liberty in Early Anglo-Saxon Monasticism,” Fifty-Sixth Annual Midwest Medieval History Conference, Kalamazoo, MI, 29-30 September 2017.

“Transcending Fate: The Literary Contexts of St. Guthlac of Crowland,” Medieval – Renaissance Conference XXXI, Wise, VA, 21-23 September 2017.

“In the Company of Angels: Perceptions of Personal Authority and Sovereignty in Early Anglo-Saxon Hagiography,” Fourteenth Annual Queen City Colloquium, Cincinnati, OH, 7 April 2017.

Fellowships, Assistantships, and Honors

Teaching Fellowship, Fordham University, (2020–)

Editorial Assistant, Traditio: Studies in Ancient and Medieval History, Thought, and Religion (2021–2022).