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Tyler Sergent
Dr. Tyler Sergent
Associate Professor of General Studies and Religion; Board of Directors, Cistercian Publications (2016- ); Faculty Advisor, Muslim Student Association; Faculty Advisor, Orthodox Student Club|General Studies
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Office Location
Draper Building, 204C
Office Hours
  • Mon/Wed: noon – 2 p.m.
Class Schedules
  • GSTR 310 B (Tue/Thur: 10:00 am – 11:50 am)
  • GSTR 310 C (Tue/Thur: 1:00 pm – 2:50 pm)
  • REL 286 TS (Mon/Wed: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
  • GSTR 210-Writing Seminar II: Identity & Diversity in the U.S.
  • GSTR 310: Understandings of Christianity
  • GSTR 410: Seminar in Contemporary Global Issues
  • HIS 101: Western Civilization I
  • HIS 186: The Middle Ages in Film & Television
  • HIS 221: Scribe & Manuscript
  • HIS 232: The Vikings
  • HIS 235: Viking Age & Medieval Scandinavia (BIST)
  • REL 250: Judaism
  • REL 286: Viking Age Norse Religion
  • REL 286: Christianity in 2/3 World: Asia, Africa, Latin America
  • THR 223: Lights, Camera, Africa!

At Berea College since 2011

  • Ph.D. Roskilde Universitet, Denmark – Medieval History, 2009
  • M.A. Saint John’s University, MN – Theology | Monastic Studies, 2001
  • M.A. Western Michigan University – Medieval Studies, 1999
  • M.A.R. Emmanuel School of Religion, TN – History of Christianity, 1995
Publications & Works
  • Research and Teaching Interests:

    • Ancient and medieval intellectual history and religion (Judaism, Christianity, Islam)
    • Ancient and medieval asceticism, monasticism, and hagiography
    • Ancient and medieval history of LGBTQ
    • Twelfth-century Cistercian history and thought, especially William of St. Thierry (d. 1148)
    • Viking Age and late medieval Scandinavian history, culture, and religion
    • Ancient to late medieval Christianity in Asia, Africa, and Latin America
    • Classical and Medieval Latin
    • Colonial, post-colonial, and independence African history
    • Medieval history and medievalism in contemporary pop culture
    • Oral culture and storytelling in Appalachian history and tradition
    • Appalachian history of distillation, especially “moonshine”
    • Service-Learning through humanities courses
  • Forthcoming and Recent Publications:

    Williams, Wendy R. and F. Tyler Sergent. “Navigating Difficult Moments Outside the Classroom.” In Navigating Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Social Justice: Perseverance and Resilience, 165-178. Eds. Mary E. Kite, Kim A. Case, and Wendy R. Williams. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2020.

    Co-author and co-translator with Nathaniel Peters. William of Saint-Thierry, Letter to Rupert of Deutz, On the Sacrament of the Altar, and On the Errors of William of Conches. Cistercian Fathers 82. Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, in progress.

    Editor. A Companion to William of Saint-Thierry. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers, 2019.

    “William of Saint-Thierry: His Sources and Influences”. In A Companion to William of Saint-Thierry. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers, 2019.

    “The Agony and the Ecstasy: Catherine of Siena”. Christian History 127 (August 2018): 29-32.

    Co-author with Marsha L. Dutton. Oxford Bibliographies Online, s.v. “The Cistercian Order”. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018,

    Co-author with Dee Hill-Zuganelli. “Strengthening the Sanctuary: Institutional Policies to Support DACA Students”. In Law Enforcement in the Age of Black Lives Matter: Policing Black and Brown Bodies, 97-116. Edited by Sandra E. Weissinger and Dwayne A. Mack. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.

    Co-editor. Unity of Spirit: Studies on William of Saint-Thierry in Honor of E. Rozanne Elder. Edited by F. Tyler Sergent, Aage Rydstrøm-Poulsen, and Marsha L. Dutton. Cistercian Studies 268. Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2015.

    Author. “Unitas Spiritus and the Originality of William of Saint-Thierry.” Unity of Spirit: Studies on William of Saint-Thierry in Honor of E. Rozanne Elder. Cistercian Studies 268. Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2015. 144-170.