Graduate Directory--Amber Handy

Amber Handy
is a Ph.D. candidate in medieval history with a doctoral minor in Gender Studies. She is currently finishing her dissertation, entitled The Specula Principum in Northwestern Europe, A.D. 650-1000: The Evolution of a New Ethical Rule. In the project, Amber examines the advice manuals written for rulers in Ireland, England, and Carolingian Europe in the early medieval period, focusing on the influence of the earlier Irish versions on their continental counterparts and on the negotiations within the text between the older ethical codes and the relatively recent ideas of Christian kingship. Her primary research interests are gender, youth, and education. Amber has presented portions of her research at conferences around the country, including the Harvard Celtic Colloquium and the International Congress on Medieval Studies, and assisted with the organization of the Celtic Studies Association of North America annual meeting held at Notre Dame in April of 2010. Amber has developed and taught four classes of her own design, including an undergraduate seminar entitled Marriage, Women, Family and Sexuality in Medieval Europe at Notre Dame (Spring, 2009), Introduction to Gender Studies at Indiana University, South Bend (Spring, 2010), and Ireland in the Dark Agesand The Viking Age at Notre Dame as the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies Predoctoral Teaching Fellow for 2010-2011. For more information about Amber's work, please visit her page at (