Kelsey Blake is a fifth-year PhD student in the History department. Her research interests are in the study of disease, death, and healing in saints' lives, miracle accounts, and medical texts of the Early Middle Ages. Her research plans to answer the question “What did it mean to be ill in early medieval Europe?” She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in history and archaeology. She earned a Master’s degree in Human Osteoarchaeology from the University of Edinburgh, and a Master’s in history from the University of Tennessee. She is currently serving as a teaching assistant in the History department, as well as the History department’s representative on the Dean’s Graduate Student Advisory Committee and the Graduate representative on the Marco steering committee.