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Alexandra T. McLaughlin

  • Adjunct Lecturer
    History Program
  • Adjunct Lecturer
    Theology Department

Tiggy McLaughlin is a historian of Christianity in late antiquity and the early middle ages who teaches in the departments of History and Theology. She returned to her home town of Erie after completing her PhD in Greek and Roman History from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2017, and has been teaching at Gannon since 2018.  Currently, she teaches introductory History and Theology classes as well as courses on premodern premodern Christianity and the Bible. Besides early medieval Christianity, she also has a passion for local history and regularly volunteers in that capacity. Most recently, she was the historical consultant for a television program "A Celebration of Catholic Education in Erie" featuring the 175-year history of local Catholic grade schools up to the present day Erie Catholic School System.

Courses Taught

  • LHIST 111: History Without Borders
  • LTHE 101: Foundations of Theology and Christian Morality
  • LTHE 201: The Bible: An Introduction
  • HIST 390: History of Witchcraft
  • LTHE 377: Ancient Christianity: from Jerusalem to Rome

Scholarship/Research

Tiggy McLaughlin is a historian of Christianity in late antiquity (ca. 300-700).  Her scholarly interests center on the religious lives of ordinary Christians throughout the Mediterranean world.  Her in-progress book project considers flesh and the role the materiality of flesh played in late antique Christians' understanding of theological concepts of flesh and Christ as the Word-made-flesh. She has also published an article on the role of ordinary people in the fifth-century reform of the church in Gaul using evidence from the Gallic councils, and is in the process of publishing an article on the various means by which Caesarius, bishop of Arles in the sixth century, used the concept of “teaching by example” to construct a universal Christian faith through clerical pedagogy.

For a full list of scholarly activity, see her CV.

 

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