Alexandra Locking

Collegiate Assistant Professor, Social Sciences
Core: History of European Civilization
Weissbourd Committee Co-Chair

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Ph.D., Medieval European History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2017
M.A., Medieval European History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013
B.A., History with Honors, Washington and Lee University, 2009

Alexandra Locking received her Ph.D. in medieval European history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017. Her research interests include historical writing in the Middle Ages, gender in aristocratic society, and the medieval Church. She is currently working on adapting her dissertation, “‘A New Senate of Women’: Ecclesiastical Reform and the Reimagining of Female Secular Lordship, c. 1050-1125 CE,” into her first book. The project examines secular noblewomen’s participation in the major religious and cultural reforms of the period, and responses of contemporary witnesses to their actions in order to explore more fully the complex intersections of lordship, religion, and gender. The book’s main argument will be that reforming movements helped to initiate a corresponding period of creativity in the discourse of secular female authority, centered on debates over the role of women in a noble Christian society. Alexandra has also published an article in the Medieval Feminist Forum on the twelfth-century mystic Christina of Markyate which explores similar themes of gender, power, and religion.