Dr Kristi Bain


Bye-Fellow, Tutor

College Roles

  • Bye-Fellow
  • Assistant Tutor (Undergraduates)

University Roles

  • Research & Collections Programme Manager, Cambridge University Libraries and University of Cambridge Museums


Email: kw480@cam.ac.uk, kristi.bain@newn.cam.ac.uk


I began my Cambridge career in 2018 working in the University’s Research Office as a specialist in Arts & Humanities research impact and now run the Research & Collections Programme, which supports and develops research based on Cambridge’s incredible archival, library and museum collections. I joined the brilliant Newnham Community not long after I arrived in Cambridge, first as a High Table Member in 2019, then became an Assistant Tutor in 2020, and finally, a Bye-Fellow in 2021.

Prior to coming to Cambridge, I was a Senior Research Associate and Partnership Coordinator at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, the Outreach Officer at Norwich Cathedral, and in my spare time, I could be found researching in the parish church archives of Wymondham Abbey, Norfolk. I wrote my PhD (2014) on late medieval parish community memory and identity at Northwestern University (Evanston/Chicago).

Research Interests

My research interests are founded in the theories and methods of social history, cultural theory, and religious studies, which have informed my archival and ethnographic approaches to the study of England’s medieval and contemporary parish communities. My most recent publication is a chapter on parish conflict and memory in The Sacred and Sinister: Studies in Medieval Religion and Magic.