Public Scholarship

“Aionomica, Rammahgon, and De sphaera mundi: Bibliographic Medievalism in Star Wars,” co-written with Dot Porter, on her blog, May 4, 2022

“Stella Immanuel’s theories about the relationship between demons, illness and sex have a long history,” The Conversation, July 29, 2020.

“The Second Sex in the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew,” The Bible and Interpretation, April 2020.

Co-host, Sacred Texts: Codices Far, Far Away video series, with Dot Porter, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, YouTube, January 2019-December 2019.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Luke Skywalker gathered a small library of ancient Jedi texts and placed them in an uneti tree on Ahch-To. On October 8, 2018, Dr. Brandon Hawk and curator Dot Porter met to talk about these ancient books, and to compare them with manuscripts from the collection of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania. We’re publishing our conversations as a series of video clips, which we’ll publish on the YouTube Channel of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies. Subscribe to the series here.

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“Medieval Manuscripts in ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’,” Forces of Geek, September 13, 2019.

“Why far-right nationalists like Steve Bannon have embraced a Russian ideologue,” Washington Post Made By History, April 16, 2019.

“Medievalism in ‘The Last Jedi,'” Forces of Geek, December 22, 2017.

“Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Broadswords,” (review of King Arthur: Sword of Destiny), The Public Medievalist, May 12, 2017.

“Medieval Studies Workshop – Manuscripts in a Sea of Data: Reflections,” The Center for Professional Studies Blog, Fitchburg State University, January 19, 2017.

“Does Judith Pass the Bechdel Test?,” History of Christianity Blog, April 8, 2016.

“Ethiopian Conversions in the History of the Holy Rood Tree,” History of Christianity Blog, February 18, 2016.

“Advent Reflections through Apocryphal Dialogue,” History of Christianity Blog, December 21, 2015.

“Anglo-Saxon Apocrypha in Manuscript Contexts,” History of Christianity Blog, October 20, 2015.

“Finding Apocryphal Gospels in Church,” History of Christianity Blog, August 21, 2015.

“Purging Landscape in Bede’s Ecclesiastical History,” History of Christianity Blog, June 19, 2015.

“Beggars as Choosers: Christian Canon and Selective Reading,” History of Christianity Blog, April 22, 2015.