Assistant Teaching Professor, University Writing Program
B.A. University of Notre Dame, May 2003
M.A.R., Yale Divinity School, May 2006
Ph.D., History, University of Notre Dame, May 2015
Damian studies the history of Christianity in the Middle Ages, with a particular emphasis on monastic history, popular religion, and religious ideas about labor. He recently completed a dissertation under the direction of John Van Engen on the use of lay brothers by certain monastic orders during the High Middle Ages.
Recent Scholarly Activity
"By Their Boots You Shall Know Them: The Lay Brother Revolt at Schönau and the Problem of Monastic
Unity." 47th International Medieval Studies Congress, Western Michigan University, May 10-13 2012.
“Not by Work Alone: Cistercian Lay Brothers in Saints’ Lives and Miracle Stories.” Cistercian Studies
Conference within the 46th International Medieval Studies Congress, Western Michigan University, May
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