Assumption Professor Bryan Carella Awarded Harvard Fellowship

Bryan Carella, assistant professor of English at Assumption College who teaches medieval literature, has won a prestigious fellowship from Harvard University’s English Department.

As the Morton W. Bloomfield Visiting Scholar at Harvard, Carella will conduct research for a four-week period during the 2012-13 academic year on a particular topic such as Old and Middle English, the history of English, the history of Christian thought, or medieval Jewish studies. Bloomfield was a professor of medieval literature at Harvard who specialized in those areas, and who died in 1987 at age 73. Carella will perform the research, consult with Harvard faculty and graduate students, and present his work at Harvard’s Medieval Doctoral Conference. The $3,000 award will subsidize travel and accommodations.

“Since I teach a variety of medieval courses at Assumption College, both in early English and Irish studies, this chance to further my research will allow me to bring a greater depth of knowledge and experience into the classroom,” said Carella. “Moreover, while at Harvard, I hope to build bridges and make connections that can benefit students and other faculty at Assumption when I return.”

At Harvard, Carella will continue work on his book project, provisionally titled The Ideological Foundations of Insular Law and Its Sources, c. 600-c. 900, which he had started researching and writing during the 2009-2010 academic year while on a Mellon Fellowship awarded by the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame. According to Carella, the book will examine how the Irish and the Anglo-Saxons conceived of and justified the continued application of their pre-Christian legal apparatuses after they were converted to the faith within the broader context of sacred history.

An Assumption College faculty member since 2007, Carella holds a B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, and an M.A. from Indiana University. He lives in Southbridge, Mass.

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