Timothy M. Baker studies medieval religious history and manuscript traditions, with a paritcular emphasis on high medieval monastic theology and exegesis. Alongside Professors Beverly Kienzle and Thomas Kelly, he and William Stoneman of Houghton Library (Harvard) taught a class and curated an exhibit on medieval scrolls at Harvard from which the “Scrolls” unit of the The Book: Histories Across Time and Space derives.
His doctoral work explores twelfth- and thirteenth-century Cisterican texts, investigating Cistercian interpretations of the monastery as a sacred space and a sacred bridge between the world of creation and the realm of the divine. Within this sacred architecture, monks pursued ascent into God. In addition to examining medieval theological texts, Timothy is in the process of editing Cistercian sermon manuscripts in order to add to the broader corpus of accessible medieval texts.