LesleyAnne Williams

Assistant Professor of English

Email: LesleyAnneWilliams@letu.edu
Office Phone: 903-233-3383
Office: HHH 126

Lesley-Anne Dyer Williams devotes her teaching and research to the history of the classical liberal arts as received in the Western Christian tradition. She teaches Introduction to Literature, World Literature, and Composition here at LeTourneau University.

As the daughter of an Air Force engineer who worked at NASA and an artist inspired by literature, she loves both poetry and mathematics. She enjoys having engineering, science, and humanities majors in her classes. Most recently, she has become interested in drawing parallels between modern technological advances and the invention of writing and the printing press.

Her most recent book, Translating Eternity in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance: How Concepts of Time Influence Theological Attitudes towards Platonism and the Liberal Arts, culminates with a study of Bernard Silvestris, a Latin poet whose work on the creation of the world influenced Dante, Boccaccio, Milton, and C.S. Lewis. It is under contract with the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies university press in Toronto.

After hours, you will find Lesley-Anne experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes or swimming with her husband, Will Williams. Their most recent joint-reading interest alternates between the "Peanuts" cartoons and fairy tales from Denmark.


  • PhD in Medieval Studies(June 2007-Aug. 2011) - Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
    • Dissertation: "Translating Eternity in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance from Anselm to Thierry of Chartres."
  • MMS in Medieval Studies (Aug. 2005-May 2007) - Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
    • Thesis: "Being, Truth, and the Place of Wyclif's De Ente Predicamentali"
  • MPhil in Theology and Religious Studies (Oct. 2004-July 2005) - Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, UK
    • Thesis: "Wyclif's Theology of Time and Eternity" (Mark of Distinction)
  • BA University Scholars in Classics and Religion (Aug. 2000-May 2004) - Baylor University, Waco, TX
    • Thesis: "The Hermeneutics of Augustine on the First Chapter of Genesis.

Previous Experience

2013 - 2015 Green Scholars Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow in Manuscript Research
Baylor University, Waco, TX
2012 - 2013 Postdoctoral Fellow, Thomas Jefferson Center for Core Texts and Ideas
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
2011 - 2012 Visiting Assistant Professor, Program of Liberal Studies
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Select Publications

  • "Asceticism and Aestheticism: The Paradox of Embodiment in Plotinus' Enneads," for the Oxford Philosophical Concepts Series Book on Embodiment, ed. by Justin Smith. Forthcoming.
  • "Roman Catholicism," Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, ed. by Dan Treier. Forthcoming
  • "Veiled Platonic Triads and Peter Abelard's Theologia 'Summi Boni'," Rethinking Abelard: A Collection of Critical Essays, edited by B. Hellemans, Brill Intellectual History Series. Leiden: Brill. 2014
  • "The Twelfth-Century Influence of Hilary of Poitiers on Richard of St.Victor's De Trinitate," Studia Patristica, vol. LXIX: Latin Writers Nachleben. Ed. by M. Vinzent. Leuven: Peeters. 2013
  • "Eternity as Maximum in Anselm's Monologion," Filosofia Unisinos 11, 3. 2010
  • "Wycliffe and the Wycliffites," Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. June 2010

Invited Academic Work Groups

  • Work Group for the Oxford Philosophical Concepts Series, Volume on Embodiment, edited by Justin E. H. Smith at the University of Paris 7. Present on Plotinus and Embodiment. December 2014.
  • Stanley Hauerwas' "Seminar on Time," Duke Divinity School. April 2014 and June 2014.
  • "Re-visioning Cambridge Platonism" Project led by Douglas Hedley and Sarah Hutton. Presented on the Christian Platonisms of Ralph Cudworth and Peter Abelard. April 5-6, 2013 and April 19-20, 2013.

Service & Administration

  • President for the Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages. 2012-2013.
  • Vice-President for the Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages. 2011-2012.
  • Medieval Institute Graduate Student Representative, University of Notre Dame. 2005-2006.
  • Cambridge Co-ordinator, Oxbridge C.S. Lewis Conference. 2004-2005.