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Lily Stewart

Visiting Assistant Profesor of Religious Studies and English

Lily Stewart (PhD Northwestern, Department of Religious Studies, 2022) is a visiting assistant professor in the Departments of Religious Studies and English. She teaches in the areas of premodern religion, literature, and the medical humanities. Her research centers on the role of leprosy--both as a disease of the body and as a cultural hermeneutic--in shaping and complicating medieval Christian ideas of selfhood, embodiment, community, and sanctity. Dr. Stewart’s dissertation, “The Holy Malady: Leprosy, Identity, and the Anatomy of a Medieval Stereotype,” explores twelfth- to fifteenth-century literary representations of leprosy as a form of earthly purgatory, arguing that the disease’s primary textual function was to serve as a vehicle towards salvation. Dr. Stewart’s approach to research and teaching strongly centers on interdisciplinary engagement, and she is particularly interested in blurring boundaries between the Humanities and STEM. 
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