Katie Hodges-Kluck received her PhD in history from UT in 2015. Her paper, “Helena, Constantine, and the Angevin Desire for Jerusalem” was recently named the Denis Bethell Prize Essay for 2014 by the Haskins Society, an international scholarly organization dedicated to the study of the history of the early and central Middle Ages. The Bethell Prize recognizes the outstanding paper presented by a junior scholar at conferences or conference sessions sponsored by the Haskins Society. Hodges-Kluck’s essay will be featured in Volume 27 of the Haskins Society Journal.
Her research also examines the construction of cultural and political identities in high medieval Europe. In particular, she focuses on the ways in which ideas about the Holy Land influenced the development of English national identity and concepts of empire during the twelfth and early thirteenth centuries. Her dissertation, “The Matter of Jerusalem: The Holy Land in Angevin Court Culture and Identity, c. 1154-1216,” was supervised by Jay Rubenstein.
During her doctoral studies, Hodges-Kluck received the following:
- A Graduate Student Fellowship (2014-15) from the UT Humanities Center
- The Anne Marie Van Hook Memorial Summer Travel Fellowship (2014)
- The Jimmy and Dee Haslam Dissertation Prize (2013-14) from the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
- The Galen Broeker Summer Travel Fellowship (2012) from the UT History Department
She also received the History Department’s Susan Becker Award for Excellence in Teaching (2011) and has taught Medieval Civilization I at UT. Hodges-Kluck will continue to teach at UT during the 2015-16 academic year as a postdoctoral lecturer in history.