Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2010
Eric Shuler studies the intersections of religious and social history, particularly in early medieval Europe. As a teacher, he works with somewhat broader horizons, most recently in the form of teaching the World History survey at Georgia State University. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute in 2010. In his current major research project, Dr. Shuler is elucidating the place of charity to the poor in Anglo-Saxon, Carolingian, and Ottonian societies. In addition to providing a full overview of a widespread but little-studied practice, his work seeks to illuminate some of the practical aspects and social consequences of the monumental early medieval project of Christianization.
Dr. Shuler’s other work includes an investigation into the contested formation of Saxon identity after the region’s forced conversion and assimilation into the Carolingian empire. This has been published as “The Saxons within Carolingian Christendom: Post-conquest Identity in the Translationes of Vitus, Pusinna, and Liborius” in the Journal of Medieval History. He has presented at various conferences on topics ranging from monastic almsgiving to Christian attitudes concerning Jewish prohibitions on eating meat with blood to the crucial role of Caesarius of Arles in the creation of tithing as a Christian obligation. He is currently developing the last of these papers into an article.