Bethany Christiansen

Bethany Christiansen

Bethany Christiansen


547 Denney Hall
Columbus campus

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Areas of Expertise

  • Old English literature
  • Historical linguistics
  • History of the English language
  • History of medicine


  • MA, Ohio State University, 2015
  • MPhil, Cambridge University, 2013
  • BA, University of Kansas, 2011



Bethany Christiansen is currently a lecturer. She studies the language, literature and cultural history of medieval England, with a focus on the Anglo-Saxon period (roughly 500-1100 CE). Christiansen's research focuses on early medieval medical texts, particularly medical manuscripts produced in England between 1000-1130 CE and the sexual and reproductive medicine they contain. Her dissertation is titled "Women's Medicine in England, 1000-1130: Evidence of Medical Manuscripts with a focus on the Herbarium Tradition." 

Her current research also includes lexical-semantic studies of Old English and Latin words related to anatomy, sex and reproduction; late antique and early medieval attitudes toward contraception; and translation of medical vocabulary in Latin-to-Old English and Old English-to-Latin contexts. Christiansen's broader interests include the history of the English language, the history of medicine and science, English lexicography, manuscript studies and literacy studies. 

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