John Gallagher

John Gallagher

Dr, Mr

  • KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

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Research overview

John J. Gallagher is an Honorary Lecturer. Dr Gallagher completed a PhD on textual criticism and exegesis of the early medieval Bible in the School, which was awarded the Samuel Rutherford Prize. Before coming to St Andrews, John studied for a BA in English at University College Dublin and the Sorbonne, an MA in Old English and Old Norse at the University of Nottingham, and a Diploma in Icelandic at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík. John also holds a Certificate in University Teaching and Learning.

At St Andrews, John has taught widely in the School of English, in the School of Divinity, and in the School of Modern Languages in the Department of Comparative Literature. John held a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the School of English, Drama, and Film at University College Dublin. He was also Postdoctoral Researcher in the Faculty of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford. John’s teaching and research interests span Old and Middle English, Old Norse, Latin, Old Saxon, and Gothic literatures, languages, and intellectual cultures.

John has written articles on scientific knowledge in biblical commentaries, encyclopaedic notes, sacred history, textual criticism, the thought of the Church Fathers, the Old English Martyrology, and Anglo-Latin poetry. His book projects include a multi-volume edition of the Old English Bible, a monograph entited Textual Variation and Biblical Authority in Early Medieval England, and a co-edited collection on Easter in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.

John is the Assistant Editor of the Fontes Anglo-Saxonici database, the most comprehensive register of sources for Old English and Anglo-Latin literature and which is hosted by St Andrews. John has been a Visiting Researcher at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, an Associate Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Member of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland.


Research Interests

Biblical exegesis and textual-criticism; translation and literary adaptation; source criticism; religious poetry; cosmology and eschatology; computus and the calendar; medieval hermeneutics; liturgy; homiletics; classical reception; digital humanities.


Teaching Activity

John has taught widely on modules spanning medieval, renaissance, and modern literature, as well as on various modules in Divinity and also in Comparative Literature.


Public Engagement

John has lectured on medieval topics and delivered manuscript workshops with the University of St Andrews Open Association. He has also taught on a number of summer school programmes with the International Education Institute at the University of St Andrews.


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