Return to Faculty


Jay Diehl

Director, Graduate Programs, HistoryAssistant Professor of History

B.A., Illinois Wesleyan UniversityM.A., University of ChicagoPh.D., New York University


Jay Diehl received his Ph.D. in medieval European history from New York University in 2011. His research focuses on the history of intellectual culture and education in the central Middle Ages, particularly as developed in northern European monastic communities. His current book project, From Piety to Parchment, explores the ways in which monastic spiritual traditions affected the development of literate modes of practice and knowledge. By proposing a new approach to the study of medieval literate activity, this project argues that monastic literacy was a diverse, complex, and continuously contested category.

When he isn’t thinking about monks and manuscripts, he is probably thinking about food, wine, and the shortcomings of the Chicago Cubs’ outfielders.


Medieval Europe, Monasticism, History of Spirituality, Intellectual History, Literacy and the History of the Book, Manuscript Studies


  • Author, “The Grace of Learning: Visions, Education, and Rupert of Deutz’s View of Twelfth-Century Intellectual Culture,” published in Journal of Medieval History 39 (2013): 20-47.

  • Author, “Harmony Between Word and World: Anselm of Canterbury, Aelred of Rievaulx, and Approaches to Language in Twelfth-Century Monasticism,” published in “Saint Anselm of Canterbury and His Legacy,” eds. Giles Gasper and Ian Logan (Toronto, 2012), 95-113.


  • Research Fellow, The Humanities Initiative, New York University (2009-2010)
  • Recipient, Heckman Fellowship, Hill Museum and Monastic Library (2006)
  • Visiting Fellow, Erasmus Institute, Notre Dame University (2005)


  • Member, American Historical Association
  • Member, Medieval Academy of America
  • Member, American Society of Church History