Associate Professor and Gulf Coast Campus History Coordinator
Westley (Lee) Follett is a medievalist specializing in religious history, with emphases on monasticism, hagiography, liturgy and manuscript studies, and a geographical focus on pre-Norman Ireland. He is the author of Céli Dé in Ireland: Monastic Writing and Identity in the Early Middle Ages (2006) and a half-dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters published in medieval and Celtic Studies journals and festschriften. His recent research examined the veneration of Saint Michael the Archangel in early medieval Ireland. His current project investigates the holdings of a now-lost medieval Irish library.
Prior to coming to USM in 2008, Dr. Follett was the LeConte Teaching Fellow of Medieval History at the University of Georgia and a visiting assistant professor at Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia. He held a post-doctoral scholarship in the School of Celtic Studies at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies where he studied late medieval manuscripts in the Royal Irish Academy. He received his doctorate from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto.
At USM Gulf Coast he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in medieval, classical, and world history.