Stephanie J. Lahey is a SSHRC-funded PhD candidate at the University of Victoria, Canada, where she holds the Howard E. Petch Research Scholarship and a University of Victoria Fellowship. Her doctoral dissertation—a mixed-methodology, corpus-based study of the use of parchment ‘offcuts’ (low-quality byproducts of parchment manufacturing) in manuscripts produced in later medieval England—is jointly supervised by Dr. Iain Macleod Higgins (Victoria) and Dr. Erik Kwakkel (UBC iSchool). A recent Guest Researcher at Universiteit Leiden, she is the Editorial Assistant of Early Middle English, teaches at DHSI and at the University of Victoria, and serves on the Public Relations and Outreach Committee of the Canadian Society of Medievalists / Société canadienne des médiévistes. Her research interests include medieval codicology, palaeography, and manuscript production; parchment-manufacturing and use; medieval legal, technical, and reference literatures; quantitative and digital humanities; and public humanities.


2015–present — PhD candidate, University of Victoria. Supervisors: Dr. Iain Macleod Higgins (Victoria), Dr. Erik Kwakkel (UBC iSchool). Dissertation Working Title: Offcut Parchment in Later Medieval British Manuscripts: A Mixed-Methodology, Corpus-Based Study.

2015 — Master of Arts, Université d’Ottawa / University of Ottawa. Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Taylor (Ottawa). Thesis: Legal Book Collecting in Late Medieval Bristol: The Case of Harvard, Houghton Library, MS Richardson 40.

Selected Additional Professional Training


Peer Reviewed

  • “On the Origin and Provenance of Victoria, McPherson Library, Doc.Brown.4: Sir Thomas Mowbray’s Care of Newnham Priory”. Florilegium, vol. 33, 2016, pp. 63–91. doi: 10.3138/flor.33.004. Open access.

  • “Paratextual Drift? Text / Image Dialogue in George Herbert’s ‘Easter Wings’”. Interdisciplinary Humanities, vol. 25, no. 1, 2008, pp. 56–66.

Non-Peer Reviewed

  • [Poster presentation published in workshop proceedings]. “Identifying Offcut Zone Parchment in Medieval Manuscripts”. Manuscripts: From Fragments to Books—From Identification to Interpretation. ManuSciences’19, 2019, pp. 68–70. (Proceedings of school organized by Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, Berlin; Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Universität Hamburg; and École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris Sciences et Lettres Université).

  • [Consulted and cited]. Zimmer, Ben. “Riders, From Goat Skin to the Oscars”. The Wall Street Journal. 08 Mar 2018.

  • [Co-editor, with Dr. Margaret Harry (St. Mary’s) and Dr. Christa Beaudoin-Lietz (St. Mary’s)]. Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association / Association de linguistique des provinces atlantiques: Papers from the Thirtieth Annual Conference / Actes du trentième colloque annuel, Nov. 3–4 / 3–4 nov. 2007. Halifax: Saint Mary’s University, 2008.

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