Christopher Paolella

Research Area: 
Human trafficking in early to central Middle Ages

I am a Ph.D candidate under the supervision of Dr. Lois Huneycutt. I am currently researching human trafficking in the Early- to Central-Middle Ages, including the travel routes, means of transportation, major markets, human agents and chattel, and the social views and cultural mores regarding the practice.

Past research has focused on the institutions of slavery and the slave trade from Late Antiquity into the Early Middle Ages, and also the formation of collective identities of Crusading Era groups, and the evolution of their images and identities into current times. This latter research produced the "The Evolution of Group Identity: Assassins, Templars and Jews from the Crusading Era to the Modern Day," as my Master's Thesis.

Recent Publications: 

"Fruits of Obedience: Catholic Perspectives on Authority and Order in the Reformation" presented at the Fourth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University, June 20-22, 2016 in St. Louis, MO. 

"Neither Slave nor Free: Classical Conceptions of Slavery and Gender, and Their Influence on the Germanic Kingdoms via the Church." presented at the Western Society for French History Annual Conference, November 5-7th, 2015 in Chicago, IL.

“Leniency Towards the Enslaved in the Lombard Laws” presented at the 32rd Annual Illinois Medieval Association Conference at St. Louis University, February 21, 2015, in St. Louis, MO.

"'Maddened in Their Pagan Fury': Berserks and Berserking in Scandinavian Culture" presented at the Missouri Valley History Conference on March 07, 2014, in Omaha, NE.