Alexandra Larrave

Alexandra Larrave is a doctoral student studying medieval history. Her research centers on fringe beliefs and rituals involving saint veneration, and the flexible relationships with the divine that developed as a result. Alexandra is interested in how this flexibility sometimes created unexpected negotiations between the saint’s relics and the communities built around them.

Prior to studying at Northwestern, Alexandra earned dual BAs in Archaeology and Religious Studies from Stanford University. While there, she wrote her honors thesis on specific rituals in Frankish Tours that allowed the town to hold their patron saint to a system of obligations that would have been otherwise forbidden.