Lisa M. Bitel

Medieval historian specializing in Britain and Ireland during the Middle Ages, women’s early religious communities and medieval art and archeology

Professor of History

Chair, Gender Studies Program

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


  • medieval history
  • history of medieval Ireland and Britain
  • social, cultural and religious history of northern Europe in the early Middle Ages
  • history of women in medieval Europe
  • history of Christianity in social and cultural context
  • history of Christian monasticism
  • monastic settlement and Christian community in early Ireland
  • history of women’s religious communities
  • cults of St. Brigit of Ireland and St. Genovefa of Paris
  • history of early medieval art and archaeology
  • Celtic Christianity
  • St. Patrick’s Day

Additional Information

  • Author of Women in Early Medieval Europe, 400-1100 (2002), Land of Women: Tales of Sex and Gender in Early Ireland (1996) and Isle of the Saints: Monastic Settlement and Christian Community in Early Ireland (1990)
  • Editor of Matrix (
  • Editorial advisory board member, Journal of Women’s History

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