Marc's interests are the history of Christianity in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages and the influence of religion on cultural ideas of sexuality and gender. His work has primarily focused on Christian saints and they way they provide details about a society's culture and ideologies. His dissertation, Writing Holiness, Writing Violence: Suffering and the Construction of Female Sanctity explored the way female sanctity was centered around portrayals of women as victims of violence and the ways this related to broader Christian ideas of women and female power in the Middle Ages. Marc is currently considering questions about the role of religion in forming cultural identity and imagination during periods of social transitions, particularly in Merovingian Gaul and Islamic Spain. His current projects include the pilgrimage to Santiago and the imagination of sacred geography in Europe, the role of asceticism in the conversion of Gaul, and reading the lives of the saints from the perspective of theories on intersexuality and third genders. Marc teaches classes on Christian history, an introduction to religious studies, on feminism and women and religion, and religious dimensions of body and sexuality.


John Marcus Beard

John Marcus Beard
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Phone: (717) 337 - 6788

Box: Campus Box 0408

Address: Weidensall Hall

300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400

PhD Syracuse University, 2009
MA Boston University, 2000
BA University of Arkansas, 1998

Academic Focus:
Christianity in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages; Religion, Gender, and Sexuality