Chelsea Connelly is a first year PhD candidate in the History of Art. She graduated from Brigham Young University magna cum laude with a BA in Art History and Curatorial Studies in June 2016. Her research focuses on early Christian and Byzantine illuminated manuscripts. Chelsea is particularly interested in the intersections of various early Christian sects, Roman politics and religion, Judaism, and early Islam. Her other interests include the materiality of books as an artistic medium, early Christian endeavors to define liturgy and theology, initial monastic movements, and women’s’ roles in early Christianity and the Byzantine empire. Chelsea also enjoys yoga, bike-riding, traveling, cooking, bookbinding, and watching cheesy historical fiction films.