Dr. Jeffrey Wayno is a historian of the European Middle Ages who has found a professional home working in the Columbia University Libraries. He received his A.B. from Princeton (2007), an M.A. from University College London (2009), and his Ph.D. in medieval history from Columbia (2016). As the Collection Services Librarian at The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University Libraries, he is responsible for both Burke's general and special collections, as well as the ancient, medieval, and religious studies collections at Butler Library, including the Ancient & Medieval and Papyrology & Epigraphy Reading Rooms. Burke, which is one of the largest theological libraries in the Western Hemisphere, houses a fascinating collection of rare materials, including Greek papyri, medieval and early modern manuscripts, incunables, and other early printed works. Jeffrey would be delighted to teach and consult on rare materials sessions based on these collections, and to provide research and teaching support for faculty and students in any field touching religion or the history and culture of the ancient and medieval worlds.
Outside of his work in the Libraries, Jeffrey's research focuses on the institutional, religious, and legal history of the medieval Church; the medieval papacy; and the history of communication in the rough period 1000 to 1300. His article, "Rethinking the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215," appeared in Speculum in 2018, and he is currently working on a book project about the practice of papal governance in the High Middle Ages.