Yanchen Liu

Yanchen Liu is a Ph.D. candidate (Medieval Christianity) in the Department of Religion at Columbia University. His interest centers on the Romano-canonical judicial thinking and legal-commentarial literature in the High Middle Ages. His research focuses on the glosses to thirteenth-century canonical texts on the religious-legal issues around people living on the boundary of medieval Christianity – apostates, converts, heretics, Jews, magicians, Muslims, pagans, etc. Currently working as an electronic research assistant at the Digital Humanities Center of the Columbia University Libraries, he is also interested in the digital cataloging and editing of Medieval Latin manuscripts.

Dissertation Title: Investigating the Margins: Bernard of Parma’s Glossa ordinaria on Religious Marginality in the High Middle Ages

Research Interests: Canon Law Papacy Medieval Latin Manuscripts and Paleography Religious Marginality Digital Humanities

Education: M.Phil. – Religion, Columbia University, 2019 M.A. – Religion, Columbia University, 2015 B.L. – Sociology, Minzu University of China, 2013