Curriculum Vitae



Carole Straw


Department of History

South Hadley, MA 01075                        

(413) 538-2377


29 Silver Street

South Hadley, MA 01075

tel: (413) 536-8984  fax: (413) 533-4077




Ph.D. in History,  University of California, Berkeley, 1979.   Dissertation:  "'Sweet Tortures and Delectable Pains': The Grammar of Complementarity  in the Works of Gregory the Great."  Directors:  Gerard Caspary, Peter Brown, and Robert Rodgers.

Cand. Phil. in History, University of California, Berkeley, 1975.

A.B. in History, University of California, Berkeley, 1971.  Phi Beta Kappa.






    Gregory the Great: Perfection in Imperfection, The Transformation of the Classical Heritage 14.  Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London:  The University of California Press, 1988.  Paperback edition published in 1991.  Winner of the John Nicholas Brown Prize from the Medieval Academy of America, 1992.


    Gregory the Great.  Authors of the Middle Ages 12.  London:  Variorum, 1997.


    The New Historiographies of Late Antiquity, ed. Richard Lim and Carole Straw (Berkeley:  University of California Press, forthcoming).



B.  Articles:


            The Avenging Abbot:  Gregory’s Life of St. Benedict” for a Festschrift for Robert Brentano, edited by Jason Glen.


           “Gregory, Cassian and the Cardinal Vices,”  In the Garden of Evil:  Vices and Culture in the Middle Ages, ed. Richard Newhauser (Toronto:  Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, in press).


            “Gregory I, “The Great” Encyclopedia Britannica (to appear).


                "Settling Scores:  Eschatology in the Church of the Martyrs," Last Things: Death and Apocalypticism in the Middle Ages.  Eds. Carolyn Bynum and Paul Freedman.  Philadelphia:  University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999.  Pp. 21-40.                   


            "A Very Special Death:  Christian Martyrdom in its Classical Context," in Sacrificing the Self:  Perspectives on Martyrdom.  Ed. Margaret Cormack.  Oxford University Press, 2002.


                 "Introduction:  Gregory and the Book of Job."  Grégoire le Grand,  Moralia, 28-30.  Sources Chrétiennes 000.  Paris: Editions du Cerf, forthcoming 2002.


                  "Gregory the Great," "Benedict of Nursia."  A Guide to the Late Antique World.  Eds. Peter Brown, Glen Bowersock, et al.  Cambridge:  Harvard University Press, 1999.   


                  "Gregory the Great (Influence of Augustine on)," "Martyrdom." and "Timor mortis."  St. Augustine through the Ages:  an Encyclopedia.  Villanova:  Villanova University Press, 1999. 


                  "Martyrdom and Christian Identity:  Gregory I and Tradition,"  The Limits of Ancient Christianity:  Essays on Late Antique Thought and Culture in Honor of R.A. Markus.  Ann Arbor:  University of Michigan Press, 1999.  Pp. 250-66. 


                 "Gregory I," Dictionary of the Papacy.  Greenwood Press, forthcoming 1999.                 


            "Purity and Death."  Gregory the Great:  A Symposium.  Notre Dame Studies in Theology 2.  Notre Dame and London: University of Notre Dame Press, 1997.  Pp. 16-35.


                "Gregory's Politics:  Theory and Practice," in Gregorio Magno e il suo Tempo.  Rome: Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, 1991.  1:47-63.


                "Cyprian and MT 5:45:  The Evolution of Christian Patronage," Studia Patristica 18:3 (1989): 329-39.


                Adversitas et Prosperitas:  Une illustration du motif structurel de la complémentarité."   Grégoire le Grand.  Eds.  Jacques Fontaine, Robert Gillet, and Stan Pellistrandi.  Paris: Editions du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 1986.  Pp. 277-288.


            "St. Augustine as Pastoral Theologian:  The Exegesis of the Parables of the Field and Threshing Floor, " Augustinian Studies 14 (1983): 129-51.



C.  Reviews:                                                           


                For Speculum, Church History, Augustinian Studies, The Catholic Historical Review, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, The Journal of Theological Studies, The Historian, The Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Envoi.  Full list available upon request.







            “The Conquered Heart:  Gregory’s Anatomy of Sin,” Bede and Gregory.  A Celebration of the Eightieth Birthday of Paul Meyvaert.  Sponsored by the Harvard University Committee on Medieval Studies.  Harvard University, November 10, 2001.


                “Jerome’s Heroic Christianity:  The Virgin as Martyr.”  Paper read in absentia at the American Historical Association Convention, Boston, January 5-8, 2001.



                Interview with Frank Browning for Morning Edition, National Public Radio.  "The Millennial Body," aired February 12 and 19, 2000.


            With Richard Lim, organization of "The World of Late Antiquity:  The Challenge of New Historiographies," Conference at Smith College, October 15-17, 1999.


            "The Martyr's Triumph:  Changing Agendas in Martyrologies."  Paper delivered in absentia at the International Conference on Medieval Studies, Leeds, England, July 12-17, 1998.


            "John Chrysostom:  The Political Uses of Martyrs' Lives."  Paper for Antioch in the Fourth Century.  Conference at Smith College, Northampton, MA, May 3, 1997.


            "The Identity Crisis of the Fourth Century."  Paper delivered at the American Historical Association Convention, New York, NY, January 3-5, 1997.


                 "Christians and Pagans:  Cultural Competition and Co-option."  Paper delivered at "From Antiquity to the Middle Ages," 22nd New England Medieval Conference, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, Oct. 14-15, 1995.


            "Early Christian Martyrdom:  The Sanctity of the Will."  Paper delivered at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, St. Louis, MO, December 9-11, 1993.


            "Red and White Martyrdom:  Changing Arenas of Competition."  Paper delivered at "Martyrdom:  Past and Present,"  Colloquium, Smith College, Northampton, MA,  October 3, 1993.


                 Interview on martyrdom with Karen Dunbar Scully, WNNZ Radio, Springfield, MA, September 29, 1993.


            "Purity and Death."  Paper delivered at "Gregory the Great:  A Symposium."  Notre Dame, IN, March 19-20, 1993.


            "Death, Will, and Sacrifice."  Paper delivered at the North American Patristics Society, Chicago, IL, May 29-31, 1992.


                 Commentator for Dennis Trout, "Cato's Legacy:  Augustine, Rufinus, and the Suicide of Nicomachus Flavianus."  Paper delivered at the New England Ancient History Colloquium, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, Fall 1992.


            "Better-Off Dead."  Paper delivered at the New England Ancient History Collquium, Smith College, Northampton, MA, March 24, 1992.


                "Gregory's Views on Death."  Guest seminar at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, March 5, 1992.


               "Gregory the Great:  The Conflict between Politics and Morals,"  Paper delivered at the Eleventh International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, England, August 19-24, 1991.


               "Gregory's Politics:  Theory and Practice."  Paper delivered at the Conference, "Gregorio Magno e il suo Tempo," sponsored by the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, Rome, Italy, May 9-12, 1990.


               "Gregory's Political Theology:  The Sacrifice of Power."  Paper presented at the Spring meeting of the American Society of Church History, Fort Collins, CO, April 19-21, 1990.


               "Martyrdom Reconsidered."  Paper presented at a joint session of the American Historical Association and the American Society of Church History, San Francisco, California, December 28, 1989. 


            "Mirror Images of Reform:  The Bishop as Patron."  Paper presented at a joint session of the Five College Byzantine and Late Antique Seminar, and Byzantine Studies Conference, UMASS, Amherst, MA, October 27, 1989.


            "The Physiology of Sin and Suffering."  Paper presented at the North American Patristics Society Conference, Chicago, IL, May 18, 1985.


               "Cyprian and Mt. 5:45: Images of Authority and Community," Paper delivered at the Ninth International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, England, September 8, 1983.


               "Adversitas et Prosperitas:  Une illustration du motif structurel de la complémentarité."  Paper delivered at the Colloque International du C.N.R.S., Chantilly, France, September 1982.


               "Augustine's Ambiguity and Gregory's Ambivalence:  The Contrasting Structural Patterns of their Similar Theologies," Paper delivered at the North American Patristics Society Conference, Chicago, IL, May 1981.



    Consulting on manuscripts for the presses at Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania,  the University of California, and the Journal of Early Christian Studies.







Heroic Christianity: from Clement to Augustine.  


            “Gregory, the Miraculous, and the Mediterranean Milieu,” for “Gregorio Magno e la cultura del mondo mediterraneo,”  Conference at the Accademia dei Lincei, Rome,  October 23-24 2003.


An article on Gregory and the Three Chapters Controversy for a volume on the development of orthodoxy edited by Celia Chazelle.


Revision of article on Jerome for publication.





Assistant to Associate Professor, Mount Holyoke College, 1980-to present.  Ancient, Late Antiquity, and Medieval History.

Harper Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago, 1979-80.  Western Civilization.

Acting Instructor, University of California, Berkeley, 1978-9. Late Antiquity.

Teaching Assistant, University of California, Berkeley, l974-6.  Medieval and Ancient.





Ancient Survey

Medieval Survey

Medieval Church

Medieval Monasticism

Late Antiquity

Ancient Rome

Bonds of Intimacy (Social History of Ancient Greece)

Death, Life, and Love

Martyrdom as Social Protest






[The John Nicholas Brown Prize from the Medieval Academy of America, 1992, awarded for best first book.]

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1991

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1990-91

American Council of Learned Societies Travel Grant, 1990

Mount Holyoke Faculty Grant, 1982

Sloan Foundation, 1982

Harper Fellowship at the University of Chicago, 1979-80

Una's Travel Fellowship (to Rome), 1978-9

Kent Fellowship, 1976-9

Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Fellowship, 1977-8

Mabelle McLeod Lewis Fellowship, 1976-7

Regents' Fellowship, 1972-4

Heller Graduate Fellowship, 1972-3

Faculty Seminar Award, 1972

Una's Fellowship, 1971-2





Reading knowledge of Latin, Greek, French, German, and Italian.





The American Association of University Women

The American Historical Association

The American Society of Church History

The Medieval Academy of America

The North American Patristics Society

The Italian Historical Society




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