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Spring 2018 Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 12:05-1:35pm and by appointment


Eliza Glaze is Professor of History at Coastal Carolina University. Since arriving at Coastal from a Visiting Assistant professorship at the College of Charleston in August 2003, she has served also as the chair of the History Department and co-director of the University Honors Program. A strong advocate for study abroad, Glaze has led several CCU Study Abroad programs to Italy, England, and Ireland. She is currently the International Programs Liaison for the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. 

In her teaching, Glaze explores the interstices between the intellectual and social histories of the Middle Ages, including courses on the History of Western Medicine from Greek Antiquity to the Italian Renaissance; the Norman Conquests of England, S. Italy and Sicily; the Middle Ages; the Age of Crusades; Sexuality and Gender in Medieval Europe; Manuscripts and Archives; and the Byzantine Empire. 

Glaze’s broader research interests involves identifying, collecting, and analyzing manuscript evidence to better understand patterns of medical textuality in early and high medieval Europe, of medical pedagogy and practice in and around Salerno, Italy, and the dispersal of that knowledge across Europe during the later 11th and 12th centuries. Her monograph on the subject will be published in the coming year.  Glaze’s work as co-principal investigator for the project "Excavating Medicine in a Digital Age: Palaeography and the Medical Book in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance" (inaugural meeting at has contributed to the first published book-length outcome of that meeting, a monograph examining the work of Constantine of Ifriqiya, an eleventh-century North African native who translated many Arabic medical texts into Latin after settling as a refugee in Salerno and subsequently at the Abbey of Monte Cassino, where he died “full of days” (in press, Brepols, expected 2017/18). 

Other current projects include critically editing and analyzing the origins and influence of the 11th century "Passionarius/ Liber Nosematon/ Book of Diseases" by Gariopontus of Salerno, which survives in dozens of glossed manuscripts and was far more influential than has hitherto been realized. She is completing several articles exploring the impact of the Norman conquest of southern Lombard Italy on medical thought and practices in Salerno and at the Abbey of Monte Cassino. These include tracing the integration of Byzantine and Arabic pharmaceutics into southern Italian therapeutic traditions in the eleventh century; and exploring the manuscript evidence for the empirically-driven use of thermal mineral baths in the medieval Mezzogiorno.


Ph.D. Duke University

M.A. Duke University

B.A. College of Charleston 

Teaching Areas

Early and High Medieval Europe, Islam, and Byzantium; History of Western Medicine from Antiquity to the Renaissance; Manuscripts and Archives; Medieval Mediterranean; Digital Humanities

Research Areas

Medicine, pharmacy, and trade in the medieval Mediterranean; Medieval Italy and the transmission of ideas and commodities c. 500-1200 CE; Manuscripts/ Latin Palaeography; Digital History of Textuality

Interesting facts: In the pursuit of excellence

Recipient of four college-wide outstanding teaching awards, four university research enhancement grants, one university assessment grant, one outstanding advisor award, one university best assessment report award, and three university scholarly research reassignments/sabbaticals. Organisational director of three international scholarly conferences and symposia held at Duke University/UNC Chapel Hill, the National Humanities Center, and Coastal Carolina University.

2003 Wellcome Trust Travel Grant, the Wellcome Library for the History of Medicine, London

2005 NEH Summer Seminar for University Professors awarded participant “The Bayeux Tapestry and the Anglo-Norman World,” Yale University

2007-8 Andrew W. Mellon Post-doctoral Rome Prize Fellowship in Medieval Studies

2008 Fellow of the American Academy in Rome,

2008 Wellcome Trust Travel Grant, the Wellcome Library for the History of Medicine, London

2009 Invited guest teacher, Search for the Healthy City IV: Salerno, Ischia, and Rome, Italy; organized by the University of Tennessee Schools of Medicine and Public Health

2010 National Endowment for the Humanities Sabbatical Fellow, the National Humanities Center,

2010 elected 'Socia' [member colleague] in the Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino (headquartered in Florence, Italy),

2010 “Conversations” Grant co-principal investigator, the National Humanities Center, for planning and hosting the symposium “Excavating Medicine in a Digital Age:  Palaeography and the Medical Book in the Twelfth Century Renaissance”

2011 Invited featured speaker, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Duke University

2011 Invited featured speaker, Mediterranean Studies program, the University of California,

2012 NEH Summer Seminar for University Professors Guest Speaker (London) “Health and Disease in the Middle Ages”,

2014-16 Lawrence B. and Jane P. Clark Endowed Professor, Coastal Carolina University (a 3 year appointment)

2015 Invited featured speaker, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Ohio State University,

2016 Invited keynote speaker for “Medieval Medical Manuscripts: a Colloquium,” Leiden University, the Netherlands

2016 Invited Agricola Seminar speaker, and national graduate seminar in medieval studies guest teacher, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands

2017 Sir William Osler Research Travel Grant, Osler Library for the History of Medicine, McGill University

2017-18 Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, the Vatican Film Library, St. Louis University