Ms Christina Smith
Christina Cowart-Smith (BA Hons, MLitt, MA, FSA Scot) is an Insular medievalist specialising in the history and archaeology of early medieval Britain, AD 500-1200, with particular research focus on southern Scotland.
Before her doctoral studies, Christina completed a BA(Hons) in Classics (minors in Archaeology & Art History) at Stanford University (USA), a MLitt in Early Medieval Scottish History at the University of Glasgow, and a MA in Early Medieval Archaeology at Durham University. At Durham, her PhD studies are generously funded through a Durham Doctoral Scholarship (2018-21).
Provisional thesis title: "The British High Cross: Context, Form, and Development, AD 600-1200" (supervisors: Dr. David Petts & Prof. Sarah Semple)
Early medieval history, archaeology, and art history; sculpture and monumentality; iconoclasm; phenomenology; Late Antique art and architecture; archaeology of early medieval monasticism; landscape archaeology; Scottish history; West Highland fiddling.
2019: British School at Rome, Northern Bridge (AHRC) Doctoral Training Programme
2019: Hatfield Trust Research Award, Hatfield College, Durham University
2018: Durham Doctoral Scholarship for PhD, Durham University (offer taken)
2018: Cambridge International Scholarship for PhD, Cambridge Trust, Trinity College, University of Cambridge (offer declined)
2018: Hatfield Trust Research Award, Hatfield College, Durham University
2018: Rosemary Cramp Fund, Dept. of Archaeology, Durham University
2015: VPUE Major Grant, Stanford University
2015: Small Grant, Dept. of Classics, Stanford University
2014: Stanford Chappell Lougee Fellowship, Stanford University
2017: First Marquis of Montrose Award for Scottish Studies (for top MLitt dissertation in the field of Scottish Studies), University of Glasgow
2016: Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University Chapter, Beta of California
2016: Robert M. Golden Medal for Excellence in the Humanities and Creative Arts (for top BA dissertation), Stanford University
2016: Senior Prize in Classics, Dept. of Classics, Stanford University
2015: Junior Prize in Classics, Dept. of Classics, Stanford University
Christina has most recently delivered papers at Leeds IMC (2019), Durham/Newcastle University's EMASS (2019), Glasgow University's EMASS (2018), the University of York's N/EMICS conference (2018), Durham University's MEMSA postgraduate conference (2017), and the University of York's CMS postgraduate conference (2017). She has published papers in conference proceedings from Glasgow EMASS (BAR Publishing 2019) and York N/EMICS (forthcoming, Brill Publishers 2020).
Cowart-Smith, Christina (2019). 'Sculpture in south-east Scotland, AD 400-1100.' In Current Approaches to People, Places and Things in the Early Medieval Period. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Early Medieval Archaeology Student Symposium. Ed. Christie, H. & Kasten, M. Oxford: BAR International Series 2951. 65-75.