DepartmentDepartment of English
Biola AffiliationsFaculty



  • Litt.D., University of Cambridge
  • Ph.D., University of Cambridge
  • M.A., Indiana University
  • B.A., Taylor University

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Raised on the island of Saipan, as well as in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Aaron J. Kleist completed his doctorate degree in Old English literature at the University of Cambridge before coming to Biola in 2001. His research on reconstructing medieval texts through digital editions brought him a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship and a posting as a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge in 2004. His work also led him to direct a National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grant from 2006–2011 and allowed him to return to Cambridge as a Life Fellow of Clare Hall. He consulted as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland in 2008, at the University of Munich in 2011, and at the Belarus State University in 2018. At Biola, moreover, he has served in a wide variety of capacities, ranging from director of the interdisciplinary general education IRIS program to the Associate Provost of Academic Innovation.



  • Life Member, Fulbright Association, 2012–present
  • Life Member, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, 2008–present
  • Research Associate, CMRS Center for Early Global Studies, UCLA, 2003–present
  • Member, Clare College, University of Cambridge, UK, 2000–present
  • Honorary Invited Associate, Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, Princeton University, 2002–present
  • Reader, Parker Library, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, UK, 1999–present
  • Reader, Cambridge University Library, UK, 1997–present
  • Reader, National Library of Belarus, 2018
  • Reader, Batthyaneum Library, Transylvania, Romania, 2011
  • Reader, Stiftsbibliothek, St. Gallen, Switzerland, 2008



  • Fulbright Specialist Roster Candidate, 2006–2011, 2015–2020, and 2022–2025
  • Fulbright U.S. Scholar, Plovdiv University, Bulgaria, 2022
  • Fulbright Specialist, Belarusian State University, 2018
  • Invited Consulting Strategist, University of St. Martin, Sint Maarten, 2017
  • Fulbright Specialist, University of Munich, Germany, 2011
  • Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, 2008
  • Fulbright Specialist, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 2008
  • Honorary Research Associate; Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic; U of Cambridge, 2004 and 2008
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Scholarly Editions Grant, 2006
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2004



  • Kleist and Robert Upchurch. Ælfrician Homilies and Varia, vol I. Anglo-Saxon Texts 13a. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2022. [xxii + 485 pp.]
  • Kleist and Robert Upchurch. Ælfrician Homilies and Varia, vol. II. Anglo-Saxon Texts 13b. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2022. [vi + 518 pp.]
  • The Chronology and Canon of Ælfric of Eynsham. Anglo-Saxon Studies 37. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2019. [xxii + 347 pp.]
  • Ed. The Digital Ælfric. Scholarly Digital Editions. Boydell & Brewer, 2016. [1,167,988 words] Received the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions’ Seal of Approval, 2014.
  • Striving with Grace: Views of Free Will in Anglo-Saxon England. Toronto Old English Series 20. University of Toronto Press, 2008. [xv + 418 pp.]
  • Ed. The Old English Homily: Precedence, Practice, and Appropriation. Studies in the Early Middle Ages 17. Turnhout: Brepols, 2007. [xiii + 532 pp.]

Book Chapters

  • “Per coronauirum ad astra: Improving Pedagogy in Covid’s Aftermath.” The Child is the Father of the Man: 30 Years of English Philology at Plovdiv University. Ed. Yana Rowland and Dimitar Karamitev. Plovdiv: University of Plovdiv P (forthcoming 2022)
  • “Clement of Alexandria.” Sources of Old English and Anglo-Latin Literary Culture. Ed. Brandon Hawk (2021) [book series, now digital]
  • “Vernacular Treatments of the Ten Commandments in Anglo-Saxon England.” The Influence of the Decalogue. Ed. Dominik Markl. Hebrew Bible Monographs. London: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013 [rptd. 2017]. 102–40.
  • “Assembling Ælfric: Reconstructing the Rationale Behind Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Compilations.” A Companion to Ælfric. Ed. Hugh Magennis and Mary Swan. Leiden: Brill, 2009. 369–98.
  • “Matthew Parker, Old English, and the Defense of Priestly Marriage.” Anglo-Saxon Books and Their Readers: Papers in Honor of Helmut Gneuss. Ed. Thomas N. Hall and D. G. Scragg. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2008. 111–41.
  • “Anglo-Saxon Homiliaries in Tudor and Stuart England.” The Old English Homily: Precedence, Practice, and Appropriation. Ed. Kleist. Turnhout: Brepols, 2007. 445–92.
  • “The Influence of Bede’s De temporum ratione on Ælfric’s Understanding of Time.” Time and Eternity: The Medieval Discourse. Ed. Gerhard Jaritz and Gerson Moreno-Riano. International Medieval Research 3. Turnhout: Brepols, 2003. 81–97.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • “A Fourth Ælfrician Commonplace Book? Vestiges in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 190.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology (2019): 31–72.
  • “Anglo Saxon Prose: 2009.” Aaron J Kleist, Bryan Carella, Nicole Discenza, Theodore Leinbaugh, and Andrew Scheil. Year’s Work in Old English Studies. Ed. Daniel Donoghue. OEN 44 (2013): 99–133.
  • “Anglo Saxon Prose" 2001–2008. Aaron J Kleist et al. Year’s Work in Old English Studies. Ed. Daniel Donoghue. OEN 43 (2011): 100–16; 42 (2010): 127–43; 41 (2008): 137–53; 40 (2007). 114–41; 39 (2006): 114–29; 38 (2005): 115–33; 37 (2004): 119–33; and 36 (2003): 98–102.
  • “The Ælfric of Eynsham Project: An Introduction.” The Heroic Age: A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe 11 (2008). [45 pp.]
  • “Monks, Marriage, and Manuscripts: Matthew Parker’s Manipulation (?) of Ælfric of Eynsham.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 105 (2006): 312–27.
  • “The Division of the Ten Commandments in Anglo-Saxon England.” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 103 (2002): 227–40.
  • “Ælfric’s Corpus: A Conspectus.” Florilegium 18 (2001 [published 2002]): 113–64.



  • Fulbright Seminar Series on Pedagogy [9 seminars, 1.5 – 2 hours each]. Faculty of Philology, Plovdiv University, February–May 2022
  • “Gained in Translation: Authorial Revision and the Transmission of Ideas in Early England.” Translation Theory Lectures, Department of English, Plovdiv University, May 2022
  • “Ælfric’s Chronology and Canon.” International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, University of New Mexico, August 2019
  • The Fulbright Lectures [13 addresses, 1.5 – 3 hours each]. Belarusian State University, October–November 2018
  • “Visions of Future Past in Anglo-Saxon England.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Chaminade University, Hawaii, November 2017
  • “Hurricanes on the Horizon.” Faculty Forum on Higher Education, University of St. Martin, January 2017
  • “Strategies for Strengthening your Power to Persuade.” Student Workshop on Rhetorical Argumentation, University of St. Martin, January 2017
  • “When Authors Rewrite: Capturing Fluid Texts with Dynamic Digital Editions.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Pasadena, CA, November 2016
  • “Addressing Affordability in Liberal Arts Colleges.” Executive Leadership Academy, Liberal Arts Focus Group, September 2015
  • “Responding to the Sea-Change in Higher Education.” University of Northwestern—St. Paul, April 201



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