Tiggy McLaughlin is an Erie native who returned home in 2017 after completing her PhD in Greek and Roman History from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is an experienced instructor, having taught history courses on various topics including Roman sport, ancient education, and witchcraft. She is excited to begin teaching at Gannon this semester.
Tiggy McLaughlin is an historian of Christianity in late antiquity (ca. 300-700), so she identifies as both a Roman historian and a medievalist. Her scholarly interests center on the religious lives of ordinary Christians throughout the Mediterranean world. Her in-progress book project studies Christian pedagogy through preaching and the liturgy in the fifth and sixth centuries in order to construct what ordinary Christians in the eastern and western Mediterranean learned about Christianity and thus how they understood themselves in relation to their local Christian communities and the wider community of the Christian church as a whole.
Three forthcoming publications speak to different areas of her research. An edition of a Syriac private letter on papyrus, appearing in the 2018 issue of BASP, shows evidence of communication by Syriac-speaking monks within a (probably Coptic) monastery in late antique Egypt. Another article examines the canons of Gallic church councils to show how the participation of ordinary Christians helped shape the reforms of the Christian church in Gaul in the fifth and early sixth centuries. Finally, a co-edited volume on saints and cities in late antiquity, presently under review, explores relationships among influential Christian figures and their associated communities.
Currently, Dr. McLaughlin is working on an article about the pedagogical value of different aspects of the late antique liturgy. She also has done work on flesh and the role the materiality of flesh played in late antique Christians' understanding of theological concepts of flesh.