Associate Professor Lisa Kaaren Bailey

MA (Auckland) PhD (Princeton)

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Associate Professor
Assoc Dean Postgraduate


  • Associate Professor in History and in Classics and Ancient History

Research | Current

  • Christianity in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
  • Slavery and the rhetoric of religious service
  • The religious cultures of the laity
  • Preaching and sermon collections, especially in Gaul

Teaching | Current

ANCHIST 110 Dynasties, Democracy, Empire

HISTORY 239 Medieval Cultures: Faith, Power, Identities

Postgraduate supervision

Topics currently supervising

  • Magic, religious deviance and the late antique legal tradition
  • Virgins and sacrifice
  • Models of female virtue in the fourth century
  • Romanitas and late Roman poetry
  • Burial customs in Anglo-Saxon and Norse cultures
  • Transformation of late Roman law
  • Origin myths in late antiquity and the middle ages

Topics available to supervise

  • Late antiquity and early middle ages, especially religious and cultural history
  • Saints, relics and miracles; religious conflicts
  • ‘Barbarian’ cultures in Western Europe, early Byzantium
  • The end/ transformation of the Roman empire
  • Lay culture and religious experiences


  • Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Grant 2017
  • Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fast-Start Grant 2008


Associate Dean Postgraduate, Faculty of Arts

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Bailey, L. K. (2020). Sidonius and religion. In G. Kelly, J. Van Waarden (Eds.) The Edinburgh Companion to Sidonius Apollinaris (pp. 261-275). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Related URL.
  • Bailey, L. K. (2020). Leadership and Community in Late Antique Poitiers. In Y. R. Kim, A. E. T. McLaughlin (Eds.) Leadership and Community in Late Antiquity: Essays in Honour of Raymond Van Dam (pp. 47-62). Turnhout: Brepols. 10.1484/M.CELAMA-EB.5.118157
  • Bailey, L. K. (2019). Handmaids of God: Images of Service in the Lives of Merovingian Female Saints. JOURNAL OF RELIGIOUS HISTORY, 43 (3), 359-379. 10.1111/1467-9809.12612
  • Bailey, L. (2018). Preaching in fifth-century Gaul. Valerian of Cimiez and the Eusebius Gallicanus collection. In A. Dupont, S. Boodts, G. Partoens, J. Leemans (Eds.) Preaching in the Patristic Era: Sermons, Preachers and Audiences in the Latin West (pp. 253-273). Leiden: Brill. 10.1163/9789004363564_014
  • Bailey, L. K. (2018). Scripture in the sermons of Caesarius of Arles. Early Medieval Europe, 26 (1), 42-60. 10.1111/emed.12247
  • Bailey, L. K. (2016). Religious Worlds of the Laity in Late Antique Gaul (1st). Bloomsbury Publishing. Related URL.
  • Bailey, L. K. (2012). The strange case of the portable altar: Liturgy and the limits of episcopal authority in early medieval Gaul. Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 8, 31-51. Related URL.
  • Bailey, L. K. (2012). Within and without: lay people and the Church in Gregory of Tours' miracle stories. Journal of Late Antiquity, 5 (1), 119-144. 10.1353/jla.2012.0006


Contact details

Primary office location

ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 8, Room 808
New Zealand

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