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Michael Heyes
Visiting Instructor


Office: CPR 468B
Phone: 813/974-



Michael Heyes received his MA in Comparative Religion from the University of Washington (2008) and PhD in Religious Studies from Rice University (2015). His dissertation - “The Metamorphosis of Monsters: Christian Identity in Medieval England and the Life of St. Margaret” – examines several late medieval Lives of St. Margaret written in England to show that the monsters of the Life offer perspective on the construction of Christian sexual identity in both professional religious and lay communities in medieval England. His research interests include Saints’ Lives Literature, religion and literature, race and gender in the medieval world, medieval magic, and the use of demons and monsters in the History of Christianity. His teaching interests include the history of Christianity (especially the antique and medieval periods), religion in fiction and film, western esotericism and magic, and monsters in religion. He would be very pleased to discuss these topics with interested students or to assist in any research that involves these categories as their primary (or strong secondary) focus.