Elizabeth Marvel

Elizabeth Marvel
Ph.D. Candidate
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Dr. Beth Allison Barr

Research Interests

Dissertation Title: “Power, Patronage, and Pastoral Care: Nuns and Bishops in Fifteenth Century Lincolnshire”

My dissertation research is focused on the pastoral care of nuns in late Medieval England.  By examining both pastoral literature and bishops’ visitation records, my aim is to understand not only what was expected of late medieval nuns, but also the ways in which church leaders supported, or inhibited, their spiritual and material well-being.  By considering bishops’ registers as a source for pastoral care, this work takes a new approach to the subject by considering the specific needs of religious women in a period with few extant sources.

  • M.A. in Church History, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, 2015
  • B.A. in History, Sweet Briar College, 2005
  • Magna Carta Dames and Barons Graduate Scholarship, 2019
  • Doctoral Research Grant, Baylor University, 2019
  • Graduate School Fellowship, Baylor University, 2017-2018
  • Division of Christian Thought Award for Excellence in Church History, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2015
  • Trustee Scholarship, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2013
  • Graham Scholarship, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2011-2012
  • Anne Gray Pannell Taylor Award in History, Sweet Briar College, 2005
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Sweet Briar College, 2005
  • Betty Bean Black Scholarship, Sweet Briar College, 2001-2005
Courses Taught at Baylor
  • THEO 7634: Women in the History of Christianity
  • HIS 1305: World History to 1500
  • HIS 4334: European Women to 1200
  • HIS 4335: European Women since 1200