Kristen Carella, Ph.D.

Professor of English

508-767-7339 Founders Hall - Room 228


Ph.D English University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 2007
Masters English Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN 1996
Graduate Certificate in Medieval Studies, Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN,1996
B.A. English University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 1993



Kristen Carella, Ph.D is a Professor of English at Assumption College.  She teaches a variety of upper and lower-level courses in Literature, Writing, and Film.  She specializes in the languages, literatures, and cultures of early Medieval Europe, including Old English and Old Irish.  Besides Medieval Studies, her teaching interests include contemporary film, zombies, and punk rock.


Research Interests

Early Medieval languages, literatures, and Cultures; Late Antique and early Medieval Law, medieval homiletics; Celtic languages, literatures, and cultures; film; transgender studies; zombie theory; punk rock.


Select Publications 

"You want me to surrender my identity?’: Laura Jane Grace, transition and selling out” in Punk and Post Punk (2019)

"Tonight we’re gonna give it 35%’: expressions of transgender identity in the early work of Laura Jane Grace” (2019) in The Journal of Gender Studies

“Reimaging the History of Anglo-Saxon Law before the Vikings.” Montréal, QC, Canada, October 6, 2017 (Invited talk presented at McGill University).

Early Medieval Insular Landscapes. Special edition of the Journal of Literary Onomastics 6 (2017)

Æthelred II: Reconsidering Unræd. English Studies 97.2 (2016).  

“The Earliest Expression for Outlawry in Anglo-Saxon Law.” Traditio 70 (2015), 111 143.

“Irish Christianity before Conversion: A Difficult Passage from St. Columbanus’s Epistula III and Its Implications.” Storrs, CT, September 30, 2016. (Invited talk presented at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT)

“Dangerous Truths: Transgender Authenticity from Merlin to Laura Jane Grace.”Amherst, MA, 

October 23, 2015 (Invited talk presented for the Five Colleges Medieval Studies Symposium at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst).

Unræd: Intellectual Thought and Rule in Æthelredian EnglandEnglish Studies 95.7 (2014).

“A Homily on ‘The Blessedness of Jesus’ Mother’ in the Catechesis Celtica (Vat. Reg. Lat. 49): Translation and Notes.” Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 33 (2014), 83-107.

Secular Learning in Anglo-Saxon England: Exploring the Vernacular. Amsterdamer Beiträge zur älteren Germanistik 69 (2012).  


Professional Affiliations and Memberships

International Society of Anglo-Saxonists

Celtic Studies Association of North America



Morton W. Bloomfield Visiting Scholar, 2012-13. Harvard University.

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medieval Studies, 2009-2010. University of Notre Dame.

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship, academic years 2000-2001, 2005-2006, and 2006-2007.

            University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Joseph Breen Fellowship for Excellence in Medieval Studies, 2000.

            University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Courses Taught

ENG 414W Capstone Seminar. The Walking Dead: Considering the Critical Dystopia.

ENG 414 Capstone Seminar. Literary Representations of Kingship in Dark Age Britain

ENG 329 Special Topics. Vikings

ENG 239 Special Topics. The Celtic Heroic Age

ENG 325 Chaucer

ENG 322 Beowulf

ENG 320 Survey of Medieval British Literature

ENG 308 Writing and Editing

ENG 253 The Arthurian Legend

ENG 252 The Mythic Imagination

ENG 221 Survey of British Literature I

LTE 140 Introduction to Literature

ENG 130 Composition