Racha Kirakosian

Racha Kirakosian

Assistant Professor of German and the Study of Religion
Racha Kirakosian

Office Hours:  On leave

Professor Kirakosian holds a joint appointment with the Committee on the Study of Religion, and she also serves on the Committee on Medieval Studies. She has been awarded the Harvard Medical School Milton Award with her research on Getrude the Great and obtained a Herzog Ernst-Stipendium of the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung for archival research.

She studied German Philology and History in Göttingen (M.A.) and History of Art and Digital Humanities at the École nationale des Chartes in Paris (M.A.). She received her Dr.Phil. from the University of Oxford, where she was a Marie Curie Research Fellow from 2010 to 2013. Before coming to Harvard, she worked as a Lecturer at the Medieval and Modern Languages Faculty Oxford and held a position as Lecturer at Somerville College Oxford. She also covered for the Director of Studies for German at Oriel College Oxford. She enjoyed scholarships among others from the European Commission, the Conseil régional d'Île-de-France, the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, and the German History Society.

Her publications include studies on medieval German mysticism, female sanctity, and medieval law. Her forthcoming book deals with the biography of a thirteenth-century Premonstratensian nun. The next book project explores material culture and mysticism.

Teaching topics concern Middle High German as a language, medieval literature and culture, as well as a wide range of texts such as the Nibelungenlied, Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival, Gottfried of Strassburg's Tristan and Isolde and many more. As Assistant Professor for Harvard's Committee on the Study of Religion she also teaches medieval spirituality and church history. 

She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK, and a member of numerous academic bodies such as the Medieval Academy of America. 

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Barker Center 356
p: 617-496-4926

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