Andrew Irving earned his PhD in Medieval Studies at the University of Notre Dame in 2012. After majoring in French and German at the University of Auckland (New Zealand), he studied Pastoral Theology at the College of St John the Evangelist (University of Auckland) before completing a Master of Theological Studies in Liturgical Studies at the University of Notre Dame in 2003. From 2009 to 2011, Irving served as lecturer in liturgics at Huron University College in the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario). He has also taught liturgy at the undergraduate and graduate level at Trinity University College, Toronto, the University of Notre Dame, and, most recently, for the University of Otago’s extension program in Auckland, New Zealand. In addition, he has taught Latin to both undergraduates and graduate students. Irving’s scholarly articles have appeared in Worship (2004), the Bulletin de philosophie médiévale (2005, 2006), and Scriptorium (2012). He has delivered papers at meetings of the North American Academy of Liturgy, the Manuscripta Conference at St Louis University, Texts and Contexts at Ohio State University, and at the International Congress of Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, Michigan. At recent congress meetings in Kalamazoo he has organized sessions focusing on Beneventan Studies.
Irving is particularly interested in applying material culture theory to the history of the liturgy and in particular to the history of liturgical books. His doctoral research in the Medieval Institute of Notre Dame centered on the production and use of eight Gospel books produced at the Abbey of Montecassino in the second-half of the eleventh century - a golden age for the monastery. The detailed analysis of these manuscripts drew on a variety of methodologies (liturgical history; codicology; material culture theory; palaeography; art history, and archaeological theory) to pose new questions of the manuscripts as ritual objects. At Yale he will be initiating a multi-year research project on material transformations of the missal in the long twelfth century.